Citroën lays claim to being the creator of the “leisure activity vehicle” segment in 1996. Today the PSA brand is unveiling the new Berlingo. The third-generation model continues the story of a model with original, simple and functional body styling that has successfully innovated over time to become famed for its “practical sense” and a partner to leisure activities and families. New Berlingo has been upgraded in keeping with the Brand’s latest models. Citroën has modernised Berlingo in terms of design and comfort and has reinforced its spirit and practicality behind the success of the practical model. To date Citroën has sold in over 1.7 million units of the famed van. New Berlingo features the identity markers of Citroën design and a new body that Citroën says ‘lends it a robust and cheerful attitude’. The new model offers the optimum combination of everyday ease of use, with three independent and easily removed rear seats, a flat floor through to the folding front passenger seat. There is plenty of space with a load volume of 2.70 metres and 100 litres of additional boot space. The Berlingo gets a new platform and up to 19 driver-assistance technologies and four connectivity technologies. The latest-generation engines like the new BlueHDi 1.5 Diesel, the PureTech 1.2 petrol feature. An EAT8 automatic gearbox is available as is a comfort suspension setting. Now available in two sizes, M and XL, measuring 4.40 metres and 4.75 metres long with five or seven seats the new Citroën Berlingo will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show and launched in second-half 2018.
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