January 23, 2019

New Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner unveiled

French manufacturers Peugeot and Citroën have unveiled all-new compact vans for 2019 – each offering new technology, safety and engine updates.

The third generation of Citroën’s Berlingo is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of the year.

New Citroën Berlingo Van is being offered in two sizes, the M and extended XL version. The standard van will be 4.4m long with a 2.78m wheelbase and a cargo volume of 3.3m3, while the XL version is 4.75m long with a 2.97m wheelbase and a total load volume of 3.9m3. Payload weights range from 650kg to 1,000kg.

In the cab buyers have the option of two cabin layouts – the Extenso® Cab, which can transport three people in the front, with the central seat able to transform into a mobile office with a pivoting writing table; or the modular Crew Van, which is intended for businesses that need to accommodate up to five people (two in row one, three in row two), and to carry loads as well. Two dedicated versions are also offered, ‘Worker’ or ‘Driver’, each with specific features.

New Berlingo Van is available in a variety of configurations, with one, two or no sliding side doors, while a 60:40 split rear doors will be standard. These and a steel bulkhead will be standard, with Citroën offering the option of glass windows and a top-hinged tailgate. There will also be an optional roof flap available for extra-long items.

Numerous driver assistance systems include an Overload Indicator, Surround Rear Vision and Driver Attention Alert, along with onboard connectivity technologies.

Power comes from PureTech 1.2 petrol and BlueHDi 1.5 diesel engines, with the most powerful guises of these offered with Citroen’s EAT8 eight-speed auto gearbox.

Meanwhile, Peugeot has revealed the all-new Partner, which introduces Peugeot’s popular i-Cockpit dashboard design as standard alongside a more compact steering wheel.

Available to order from autumn 2018, the all-new Peugeot Partner is also offered with different seating options and in two lengths –Standard or Long – with load volumes of up to 3.8m3 and 4.4m3 respectively and payloads between 650kg to 1,000kg.

Petrol engines feature two versions of the 1.2 PureTech engine; a PureTech 130 S&S with EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission (available in 2019) and a PureTech 110 S&S with manual six-speed gearbox. PureTech engines are fitted with a Gasoline Particulate Filter to reduce particle emissions.

Three diesel engines are available; a BlueHDi 130 S&S with manual 6-speed gearbox or EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission, a BlueHDi 100 S&S with manual five-speed gearbox and a BlueHDi 75 with manual five-speed gearbox. Diesel engines are all fitted with a FAP particle filter and a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR).

Driver safety aids also include Surround Rear Vision and Overload Indicator, as well as a range of assistance technologies, telematics packages and connectivity options. The 3D navigation system is accompanied by Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance – in the event of an accident this will raise the alarm, geo-locate the vehicle and can contact emergency services, if necessary.

In addition to the standard finish levels, all-new Peugeot Partner is offering “ready-to-go” versions, as well as planning a full conversion range with partners, to include emergency and assistance vehicles, specific building sector vehicles and refrigerated vehicles.