PSA Group’s all-new leisure van family – we’re pretty sure the commercial versions are up next – is now complete, having presented online the Citroen Berlingo, the Opel Combo Life and now the Peugeot Rifter ahead of the official public introduction at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Basically, the Peugeot is all new – even the name, while the Berlingo and Combo are old acquaintances in the leisure segment – with the Partner Tepee heir being available, just like its brothers, in both five and seven seat configurations with two body lengths: 4.4 meters and 4.75 meters. The trunk-mounted rearmost individual seats can slide if you have the longer version and even disappear in the floor via the Magic Flat system. The base Peugeot Rifter with five seats, all in place, still has an enormous 775 liters of space for cargo, while the extended version with all seats folded will hold up to 4,000 liters of stuff.
Exclusive to the Peugeot brand, the Rifter – the Berlingo and Combo Life only get intelligent traction control systems – can also be had in an all-wheel drive version, developed in partnership with Dangel. As far as powertrains are concerned, the 1.2-liter PureTech gasoline engine comes with either 110 or 130 hp, the latter featuring an eight-speed automatic transmission and even a gasoline particulate filter. The diesel side is also well represented – the 1.5-liter BlueHDi coming with 75 hp or 100 hp and a five-speed manual, as well as a 130-hp spec that comes with either a six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic.
The Rifter also introduces the GT Line configuration to the range, arriving with a bespoke Quente Brown finish, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and the “GT Line” badges clad in copper. The cabin of the Peugeot Rifter GT Line gets its own exclusive upholstery and special instrument cluster dials. By the way, present here is the i-Cockpit with an 8-inch touchscreen, a head-up display, and different from its brothers, the trademark small steering wheel.