All-new vans bring EMP2 underpinnings and class-leading tech.
The all-new Citroen Berlingo has been revealed alongside its Peugeot Partner twin bringing a host of upgrades including new driver assistance systems and powertrains.
2019 Citroen Berlingo
Based on the PSA Group's EMP2 platform, which also underpins the Grand C4 Picasso and Peugeot 3008, the new Berlingo claims to offer improved driving dynamics, while also being available with no less than 20 driver assistance technologies.
The exterior design has been refreshed to bring the little van in line with the Citroen range, namely the C3 and C4 Cactus, though it does without the split-headlight aesthetic spreading throughout the brand's line-up.
Two sizes are available – M and XL – in addition to two variants – Worker and Driver – tailoring ground clearance, equipment levels and protection components accordingly.
The M measures 4.40m long, while the XL is 4.75m long. In terms of seating, there's an Extension Cab configuration with three seats in the front row, while the modular Crew Cab version offers seating for up to five passengers across two rows.
Meanwhile, the Worker specification has three front seats, raised ground clearance (+30mm), a protective plate under the engine, Grip Control and Hill Descent Assist. There's also all-season tyres, a plastic-covered floor, larger wheels (690mm), upgraded lighting in the load area, 12V power socket and mid-height load-securing rings.
The Driver variant gets enhanced cabin acoustics for improved NVH, dual-zone climate control, lumbar adjustment for the front seats, automatic headlights and wipers, electric park brake, an 8.0-inch infotainment system, along with a Surround Rear Vision camera system.
In keeping with its workhorse intentions, the Berlingo claims a "record" payload of up to 1000kg, and a Euro-pallet-accomodating width of 1.23m between the wheel arches.
A trio of engines will be offered in varying states of tune, including a 1.2-litre turbo petrol, a new 1.5-litre turbo-diesel and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel. The 1.2 and 1.5 are equipped as standard with a six-speed manual, while the 1.6 gets a five-speeder as standard. The 1.2 and 1.5 also offer the option of a new eight-speed automatic, though the 1.2 will gain the eight-speed auto as an option in the second half of 2019.
The most significant change though, is arguably the array of new assistance technologies on offer with the new van. New to the light commercial segment is an Overload Indicator, which alerts drivers when the authorised load limit is exceeded to prevent damage or premature wear, along with the aforementioned Surround Rear Vision system that utilises two cameras mounted on under the passenger-side mirror and rear doors to give drivers a look at what's surrounding the van.
Other tech offered by the French van includes a colour head-up display, automatic electronic park brake, adaptive cruise control with stop function (latter is auto only), active lane assist (65-180km/h), driver attention alert, coffee break alert, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, auto high-beam, cornering lights, hill-start assist, side-park assist, trailer stability control, and a distance alert.
Connectivity features are available too, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Citroen's latest connected satellite navigation system, Citroen Connect Box with SOS Pack which contacts the emergency services when required, along with wireless smartphone charging.
PCA Australia has confirmed a "next-generation PSA LCV" for our market, though specific details are still to be announced – at this stage it's unclear what the new line-up will look like.
For now, the outgoing model has entered run-out – so expect plenty of promotional offers in the lead-up to the new version's launch.
More details are coming in the third quarter, stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.
2019 Peugeot Partner
Revealed alongside its Citroen twin, the Peugeot Partner essentially mirrors the upgrades of its companion.
The frontal design is obviously different in keeping with the Peugeot passenger car range, though the new engines, technology and powertrains are the same.
Other notable differences include the naming and options structure – the M and XL bodies are called Standard and Long in Peugeot-speak, while the Work and Driver specifications have been renamed to Grip and Asphalt respectively.
While the have the same basic layout, Peugeot has introduced a version of its i-Cockpit design, featuring the small steering wheel and raised instruments seen in the 308, 3008 and 5008.
Unlike the Berlingo, the Partner won't be coming to Australia. Head to the galleries section for more images of the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner.
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