The 'Leisure Activity Vehicle' (LAV) segment was first created in 1996 by Citroën when they first launched the Citroën Berlingo. This month Citroën have unveiled the third generation of the Berlingo continuing the simple and functional styling of the vehicle. This latest generation of the Berlingo will make its' world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018 and will be available to purchase later in the year.
The new features to the Berlingo reflect and reinforce Citroën 's recent new brand signature 'Inspired by You'; this includes all the of Citroën 's brand markers inside of a new body to refresh the design and comfort while reinforcing the fresh spirit and the practicality of the successful iconic model. New Berlingo also sees the introduction of the smooth and efficient EAT8 (8-speed) automatic gearbox. With three independent rear seats, the Modutop® multi-function roof and an opening rear window built into the tailgate. "We didn't invent the family but we did invent the car that goes with it!" With the third-generation passenger version of the Berlingo, the New Citroën Berlingo is a smart buy for families or seniors with active lifestyles who are looking for exceptional space, practicality and simplicity of use.
New Citroën Berlingo builds on its existing strengths to offer optimum everyday ease of use:
New Citroën Berlingo also gains new features by adopting:
* Folding individual seats (row two) from launch. Magic Flat® controls available from spring 2019.
For the first time in its history, New Citroën Berlingo is available in two sizes, with balanced proportions and design. The standard M size model keeps its compact shape and agility, measuring 2cm longer than the previous generation at 4.40m, with a 2.78m wheelbase. The lengthened XL version adds an extra 35cm for a total length of 4.75m and a 2.97m wheelbase. More versatile than ever, with the possibility of transporting five or seven passengers, New Citroën Berlingo brings a new response to the needs of families and friends, giving them a choice between spaciousness and boot volume depending on their activities.
Practical inside and out, features include top-class accessibility for passengers thanks to its two wide and highly functional sliding side doors, which are now fitted with electric windows. There is a broad tailgate that opens onto a spacious boot. The load volume is 775-litres for the M model (100-litres more than the current generation five-seater) and 1,050-litres for the XL version with five-seats (where specified).
New Citroën Berlingo offers best-in-class spaciousness and modularity thanks to the following:
More modern than ever, the Citroën Berlingo boasts a robust and forceful attitude while loosing none of its distinctive personality:
At the front, New Citroën Berlingo stands out with strong styling features, made possible by the integration of the EMP2 platform and a shorter front overhang. With a higher and shorter bonnet, drivers have a commanding view of the road. A broader and unmistakeably Citroën front end with the brand's inimitable two-tier light signature, and a forward-set windscreen, provides more space and light.
To reinforce its character and underline its modern and dynamic profile, New Citroën Berlingo sports a higher waistline and large windows with distinct contouring. New Berlingo is also equipped with lengthwise roof bars (depending on the version). The styling is enhanced by Airbump® panels on the bottom of the doors, emphasising its robust look and signalling constant body protection.
At the rear, the smooth and vertically orientated lights of New Berlingo frame the tailgate, which is equipped with a dark-tinted opening rear window set above the chevrons. These components boost the stature of New Citroën Berlingo and balance out the design lines of the model, which has a minimum height of 1.81m (without the roof bars).
Like C3, New C3 Aircross Compact SUV and New Citroën C4 Cactus Hatch, the New Citroën Berlingo also has personalisation options, which is core to the brand and favoured by customers. Outside, the new vehicle comes with a range of eight body colours: Soft Sand, Aqua Green, Arctic Steel, Platinum Grey, Onyx Black, Deep Blue, Passion Red and Polar White. The colour signature can be reinforced by touches of colour surrounding the rounded front fog lights and on the Airbump® panels: White Colour Pack (depending on the version) or Orange Colour Pack (linked to the XTR Pack). In pure go-anywhere spirit, the emblematic ‘XTR Pack’ option stands out with the use of the Orange Colour Pack and 17-inch alloy wheels, and a special ‘Wild Green’ interior ambiance.
The comprehensively upgraded interior marks a generational leap in terms of finish and quality, to inspire a sense of serenity. New Citroën Berlingo stands apart through its airy cabin and high-set driving position. The meticulously designed dashboard with its horizontal styling has been made even more user-friendly, with direct access to the air-conditioning controls and a number of storage spaces.
The interior is available with new trims and a varied set of colours, corresponding to several interior ambiances:
New Citroën Berlingo is bathed in light in the cabin, thanks to 6.4m2 of glass. This includes a wide windscreen, side windows and rear quarter-lights. Combined with the Modutop® (depending on the version), the large panoramic sunroof floods the cabin with even more natural light and can be covered with an electric sun blind. For even more well-being and comfort at night, New Citroën Berlingo is also equipped with individual reading lights for the rear seats and now boasts ambient lighting that enhances the translucent part of the storage arch.
From the very first design drawings and technical choices, user-friendly storage compartments and useful spaces were central to the thoughts of the designers, the aim being to provide occupants with true freedom of movement and an emphatic sense of well-being. With a total of 28 storage spaces for 186-litres of interior storage space, each cubby and pocket is more capacious and ingenious than the last and all hold immense appeal to customers.
The model is also home to two glove boxes: a lower glove box (with or without a lid, depending on the version) with room for a 0.75-litre bottle. There is also a unique upper glove box known as the ‘Top Box’, made possible by moving the passenger airbag to the ceiling (Airbag in Roof). This compartment is available cooled (depending on the version), contains a USB socket and jack audio socket, and can easily accommodate up to a 15-inch laptop.
Length: 4.40m size M / 4.75m size XL
Height: 1.81m (minimum without roof bars / 1.84m minimum with roof bars - depending on version)
New Berlingo will make its international debut in a few weeks at the Geneva Motor Show, followed by its launch in the second half of 2018. To discover more about New Citroën Berlingo visit the showroom here.