The Citroen Jumper is not just a van. It is a mobile office, a workshop, a transporter, and a companion for professionals who need a reliable and adaptable vehicle. For 30 years, the Jumper has been evolving to meet the changing needs and expectations of its customers, from artisans to large fleets. In this article, we will look at the history, the features, and the future of the Jumper, the successor to the iconic TUB and Type H.
The Jumper: A Modern Van with a Rich Heritage
The Jumper was launched in January 1994, bringing a new level of modernity to the van market. It inherited the design, comfort, ergonomics, and driving pleasure of passenger cars while offering a robust and spacious body that could accommodate up to 17 m3 of loading volume and 1,900 kg of payload. It also introduced innovative solutions such as the sliding side door, the rear swing doors, and the modular cabin.
The Jumper was the result of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Fiat, which also produced the Peugeot Boxer and the Fiat Ducato. The three models shared the same platform and engines but had different front-end designs and brand identities. The Jumper was produced in the Sevel plant in Val di Sangro, Italy, where it still is today.
The Jumper was a success from the start, selling more than 800,000 units in its first generation, which lasted until 2006. It was also exported to many countries, including Brazil, where it was renamed as the Citroën Jumper. In 2006, the second generation of the Jumper was unveiled, featuring a more dynamic and expressive design, improved comfort and safety, and new engines and transmissions. It also expanded its range of configurations, offering four lengths, three heights, and various body styles, such as panel van, combi, chassis cab, and motorhome.
The second generation of the Jumper was updated in 2014 with a refreshed front end, new headlights and grille, and a more ergonomic and connected cabin. It also introduced new technologies, such as the Stop&Start system, which reduced fuel consumption and emissions by up to 0.5 l/100 km in urban driving, and the Grip Control, which enhanced traction on slippery surfaces. The Jumper also became more efficient and economical, with engines ranging from 110 to 180 hp and complying with the Euro 6 emission standards.
The New Jumper: More Style, Connectivity, and Practicality
In 2024, Citroen celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Jumper by introducing a new generation that is more modern and attractive than ever. The new Jumper features a redesigned front-end, with a new bumper, a new grille, and new LED daytime running lights that give it a distinctive and expressive look. The new Jumper also adopts the Citroën logo, which was updated in 2023 to mark the brand’s centenary.
The new Jumper also offers more connectivity and driving aids, making it a smart and safe vehicle for professionals. It features a new infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and offers various services, such as navigation, traffic information, and online radio. It also features up to 17 driving assistance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rearview camera, and emergency braking.
The new Citroen Jumper also retains its practicality and versatility, offering a wide range of configurations and solutions to suit every need. It offers up to 18 m3 of loading volume and 2,100 kg of payload, and can tow up to 3,000 kg. It also offers a modular cabin with swiveling front seats, a removable table, and various storage compartments. It also offers a retractable roof, which can be used as an extra loading space or a sleeping area.
The new Jumper also features efficient and eco-friendly powertrains, including thermal, electric, and soon-to-come hydrogen options. The thermal versions are equipped with diesel engines ranging from 120 to 210 hp, and complying with the Euro 7 emission standards. The electric versions are powered by a 90 kW electric motor and a 70 kWh battery, offering a range of up to 280 km and a fast charging time of 45 minutes. The hydrogen versions are expected to be launched in 2025, offering a range of up to 400 km and a refueling time of 10 minutes.