Citroen’s answer to the Volkswagen Caddy has been revealed, with the 2019 Berlingo making its debut alongside its twin, the Peugeot Partner.
The all-new Citroen Berlingo utilises PSA’s EMP2 platform for the front end but retains the rear platform design of the previous model - theoretically cutting development costs of the new model.
The van now comes in two sizes – and both are longer than their predecessor – but unlike the previous version the 2019 Berlingo offers two different wheelbase lengths. The smaller version is the M (4.40m long, 2.78m wheelbase), and the larger is the XL (4.75m long, 2.97m wheelbase). The M has a maximum load space of 3.9m3, while that number grows to 4.4m3 for the XL.
In addition, the Berlingo can be had in two versions, Worker and Driver. Worker is more suited to the worksite with raised ground clearance, a protective plate underneath the engine and larger wheels. Driver offers more comfort with dual-zone air conditioning, and seats with lumbar adjustment.
The Berlingo M offers up to 1000kg payload, and the XL 950kg, while the towing capacity is rated at 1500kg for both models.
Citroen lists three engine options available to the global market,
all of which are turbocharged: a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol, a 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel (manual only).
The 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel have the choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the petrol auto won’t be available until the second-half of 2019.
Safety wise, the Berlingo will be available with a reversing camera, Auto Emergency Braking (AEB), lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control on the automatic models. Other safety innovations include “surround rear vision”, a camera system with a screen that replaces the rear-view mirror – helpful if you’re fully loaded and can’t see out the back window.
Inside, the Berlingo is fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen that comes with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless phone charging is also set to be offered.
The new Berlingo is yet to be confirmed for the Australian market, with the French brand’s new local distributor, Inchcape, stating it is “under study”. CarsGuide understands that Inchcape is currently assessing which route to take with its commercial vehicle offerings.
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