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Road Test: MAN TGE

With the arrival of rear-wheel drive, MAN has also entered the ready-bodied market, says Dan Gilkes.

MAN TGE
MAN TGE chassis cab

With drive to the rear, the company has also taken the opportunity to get into the rapidly expanding ready-bodied market, with its Vans To Go range. To start with, that includes dropside and tipper bodies from Ingimex and a Luton body from JC Payne. All three will initially only be available on rear-drive chassis cabs, though the company has said that it would consider front-wheel drive conversions if there is customer demand.

The Ingimex tipper is built on a 3,640mm wheelbase TGE chassis, with a 3,270mm tipping body. It features a steel floor, 400mm aluminium sideboards and a single stage hydraulic ram with scissor mechanism to lift the body. As part of the Vans To Go scheme, the tipper is supplied with a manufacturer’s three-year warranty to match the chassis.

The tipper is powered by the 140bhp version of VW’s 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is expected to be the most popular of the three on offer in MAN’s rear-drive chassis. Van buyers can also choose from 120bhp or 174bhp outputs, while the base 100bhp engine is only offered in front-drive models.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with all three engines, though an eight-speed automatic transmission can be ordered with the 174bhp version.

If you’re going to make an off-the-shelf conversion, the TGE chassis cab is certainly a good starting point. The robust interior has plenty of storage trays, cupholders and multiple door bins. It all feels suitably solidly built and, though some might find the plastics a little hard, should be easy to keep clean. The standard cab is well equipped, though MAN offers a host of comfort and safety packages to tailor the van to a customer’s needs.

With a partial load in place, the 140bhp engine has more than enough power to make swift progress. The tipper offers a comfortable ride, with secure handling and relatively communicative steering. All TGE models have plenty of electronic driver assistance and safety systems as standard, including Emergency Brake Assist, with a number of optional systems also on offer.

As with all Ingimex bodies, the tipper is well integrated with the TGE’s cab design and looks as if it came from the same factory production line. Which is the point really. The Vans To Go line reduces lead times and makes it easy for customers to purchase a finished tipper from a single source, with the peace of mind of a full warranty.

What we think

A ready-to-go tipper with rear-wheel drive, should prove equally popular with MAN’s existing customer base and with companies new to the brand.

 

Specification:

MODEL:   MAN TGE 3.140 SB

BASIC PRICE:  £33,660

ENGINE: 4-cyl/1,968 cc

FUEL INJECTION:  Common-rail

POWER: 140bhp @ 3,500-3,600rpm

TORQUE: 340Nm @ 1,600-2,250rpm

GVW:  3,500kg

CHASSIS KERB WEIGHT:  1,886kg

MAX BODY AND PAYLOAD:  1,614kg

MAX TRAILER WEIGHT: 3,000kg

NOMINAL LOAD LENGTH:  3,200mm

WHEELBASE:  3,640mm

COMBINED CO2/MPG:  193g/km/38mpg

Fuel tank capacity:  75 litres

AdBlue tank capacity:  18 litres

Oil Change:  31,000 miles/2 years

WARRANTY: 3 year/unlimited miles

 

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Written by Dan Gilkes

Dan has been a commercial vehicle and construction equipment journalist for almost 30 years. An automotive engineer and former fleet manager, he has driven almost every van, pickup and truck that has been launched in Europe over that time. As editor of VFW, his aim is to keep readers up to date with the latest developments in the light commercial world.

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