Citroen has announced it will launch the third generation of its Berlingo light van late this year.
The new model will be available in two sizes, M and XL, measuring 4.40m and 4.75m respectively, and offered in two versions, Worker and Driver, which the brand says will have different ground clearances and equipment levels to suit the operator’s specific requirements.
Citroen will market the Berlingo, which shares a platform with its fellow PSA brand Peugeot’s Partner, in single-cab format as the ‘Extenso’ with three front seats and also as a crew van.
Built on a new platform, the Berlingo will be powered by a new BlueHDi 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.2-litre Puretech petrol unit.
The manufacturer says the van will be available with the EAT8 automatic gearbox and will be equipped with 20 driver assistance systems and 4 connectivity technologies including Citroën Connect Nav and wireless smartphone charging.
Externally, Citroen says the new Berlingo has a new front end that follows the design language of its larger stablemate, the Dispatch with a short and high bonnet intended to give a clear view of the road, underscored by wide light units.
It has a payload of up to 1.0-tonne and a width between the wheel arches of 1.23m. The load bay is accessed by either two rear barn-style doors or a tailgate as well as side sliding doors and the rear of the van gets vertical headlights.
Wood trimming is available as an option to protect the floor and sides of the load bay.
New features available include an Overload indicator to warn against exceeding the van’s payload capacity and the Surround rear vision camera as well as a colour head-up display for the driver’s position as well as a multifunction steering wheel, an electric parking brake, adaptive cruise control with a stop function, and an active safety brake system.
The manufacturer has completely redesigned the Berlingo’s interior in line with the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme.
This gives it “a modern and uncluttered dashboard, ergonomically positioned and with an emphatic horizontal design.”
The middle seat in the Extenso Cab version can convert into a table with pivoting writing desk while the side passenger seat can fold down to increase load volume from 3.3 to 3.8m3 in Size M and from3.9 to 4.4 m3 in Size XL.
The crew cab is offered in the XL version only and features a folding passenger seat and retractable second row of seats with a mobile mesh bulkhead
The Worker derivative of the Berlingo is designed for mild off-road conditions such as construction sites.
Its ground clearance is raised by 30mm, it has a protective plate under the engine and enhanced traction comes from Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent. Larger 690mm wheels are fitted with mud and snow tyres, and the load bed gets a plastic-covered floor, and a loading pack including enhanced lighting in the load area, 12V power socket and mid-height load securing rings.
The Driver version is designed for longer journeys or multi-drop delivery work in urban areas. Citroen claims this model features enhanced ride comfort, less cabin noise and more driver assistance systems. It is available with an acoustic pack, dual zone air conditioning, seats with lumbar adjustment, a rain and light sensor, a cruise control/speed limiter system, electric parking brake, connected radio with an 8” screen, and the Surround Rear Vision system.
A hinged roof flap to store longer items is available as an option on the M version and Citroen claims the Berligo’s cabin offers 113 litres of storage space including a drawer under the seat, an upper Top Box glove box, a lower glove box, an overhead storage unit, large door bins and cup holders. The cabin is also home to two USB sockets, two 12V sockets and one 220V socket.
Citroen claims to have produced more than 1.5 million Berlingo vans since it introduced the model in 1996. It is the brand’s biggest-selling LCV, accounting for 40% of registrations. The second generation Berlingo was launched in 2008 and a facelift followed in 2015.