Developed in conjunction with the new generations of the Peugeot Partner and the Opel/Vauxhall Combo, the all-new Citroën Berlingo is the first to arrive to show us what’s new in the PSA van family.
While on the technological side the all-new Berlingo is a good indicator for the entire family, we can certainly see the styling is entirely Citroen, bringing a touch of the modern eccentricity in the commercial segment as well. As such, the platform has been designed from the ground up, while the styling is certainly inspired by the latest models in the passenger car family. More importantly, the third generation of the van is not only a big departure from the predecessor in terms of styling, it’s also in terms of what’s beneath the covering metal. The 2018 Berlingo is now based on the group’s EMP2 architecture and arrives with practical modifications such as a shorter and higher front overhang, a repositioned windscreen, an optimized electric power steering and a reduced turning circle – and in Citroen tradition, it even comes with the proprietary air bumps on the door for both extra protection and a rugged style.
There are two body choices – the Berlingo M that’s 4.4-meters long and a larger Berlingo XL going up to 4.75 meters, and there are also five- and seven-seat setups available. Citroen promises best-in-class cargo capacity thanks to the completely flat floor – irrespective of the body and size version. The M variant has a 2.7-meter load length and will get luggage up to 775 liters inside, 100 liters more compared to the outgoing Berlingo. There are also 28 extra storage spaces throughout the cabin that will eat up another 186 liters – complete with the Modutop storage compartment that can be accessed from the second row or from the trunk. For additional carrying capacity resort to the Berlingo XL and the load length goes up to 3.05 meters with a load volume of 1,050 – the seven-seat XL specification also comes with two removable seats hooked to a rail and able to move up to 130 millimeters.
Powertrains include a 1.2-liter gasoline engine with 110 hp and 130 hp or a 1.5-liter diesel that can be had in 75, 100, and 130 horsepower flavors – depending on choice the clients get a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Safety is also inspired from the passenger car segment – with active safety brake, post collision safety brake, driver attention alert, break alert, extended traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with stop function, blind spot monitoring, hill start assist, trailer stability control, as well as smart headlights. Inside, connectivity is top notch – thanks to the 8-inch infotainment system with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink, wireless charging, and there’s even the grip control system for some crossover love in the van segment.