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by Matt Brogan

The 2009 Citroen Berlingo range has arrived in Australia today presenting a fresh, clean design to the practical image for which the name has earned its reputation.

Based on the Citroen C4 Picasso platform, the new Berlingo SWB offers significantly more space, up from 3.0 to 3.3 cubic metres, while the LWB version offers a generous 4.7 cubic metres.

As well as two bodies, the new Berlingo has two engine choices: a 1.6-litre four cylinder petrol (16 valve); and a 1.6-litre four cylinder turbo diesel, both with 66kW of power.

Inside there are a raft of storage spaces, from the huge locker between the seats to the driver’s side glove box behind the instrument panel and the vast roof mounted tray above the occupants’ heads. In all there is a remarkable 61-litres of storage space in the cab area.

“The original Berlingo pioneered what’s now known as the high-cube van sector,” says Miles Williams, General Manager of Citroen Australia. “The fantastic new Berlingo retains all the successful key ingredients of its predecessor, which were valued by discerning van customers and builds upon these to redefine the benchmark in this all-important sector.  Citroën has worked closely with business operators around the world to ensure that the new Berlingo provides the optimum combination of load carrying efficiency, driver/passenger comfort and safety, performance and economy.”

Prices for the new Citroen Berlingo start at $22,990 (RRP) for the petrol SWB and range up to $26,490 (RRP) for the turbo diesel LWB version.

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Pending the arrival of the Citroen Nemo, Citroen’s new small van, the original Berlingo, now dubbed “Berlingo First”, will be priced from $17,990 (RRP).




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