Citroën Berlingo

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Jan 17th, 2020

Citroën Berlingo

PSA Peugeot Citroën began producing the Citroën Berlingo in 1996. The Citroen Berlingo is built as a people mover or Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV), panel van, and pickup truck. It succeeded the Citroën C15 and Peugeot 305 panel van. The vehicle has rectangular cargo space and a sleek front. It is manufactured in CNG, petrol, diesel and electric versions, giving all the more options to the customers.

First Generation (Berlingo/Partner I) – 1996 to 2003

Launched in 1996, the Berlingo/Partner I was initially displayed at Mondial de I’Automoile, the Paris Motor Show. At the show, three concept cars were introduced, namely, the Berlingo Coupe de Plage, Berlingo Grand Large, and Berlingo Berline Bulle.

Only one of the concept cars mentioned above reached the production phase – the Grand Large – which was developed into people movers or LAVs.

Berlingo/Partner I was available in petrol, diesel, electric and CNG engines. It went through a facelift in 2002 which resulted in a fully revamped interior. The front end also received modifications during this facelift. Later, a minor facelift redesigned the grille and light clusters.

The powertrains offered at the time were:

  • 1.4L TU3 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (121 N.m, 55 kW)
  • 1.6L TU5 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (147 N.m, 80 kW)
  • 1.8L XU7 JB/LFX 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (147 N.m, 66 kW)
  • 1.6L DV6 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (169-216 N.m, 55-68 kW)
  • 1.9L DW8 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (127 N.m, 52 kW)
  • 1.9L XUD IDI 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (120 N.m, 52 kW)
  • 2.0L DW10 PSA EW/DW 4-cyl engine, 5-speed manual transmission (205 N.m, 66 kW)

The electric version of the car produced from 1998 until 2005 could generate up to 28kW of power and 180 N.m of torque.

In Australia, the Berlingo was only available in 2-door, 2-seat commercial panel van variant, powered by the 1.4L TU3 petrol engine (58 kW, 111 Nm). The base model featured power steering, radio cassette with two speakers, seatbelt pretensioners, and a trip computer.

Second Generation (Berlingo/Partner II) – 2008 to 2018

Berlingo/Partner II was available in the following body styles:

  • 5-door leisure activity vehicle
  • 4-door or 5-door panel van
  • 2-door pickup truck

They were available in the following powertrains:

  • 1587 cc 4-cyl 16V petrol engine, 5-speed manual transmission (132 N.m, 66 kW)
  • 1560 cc 4-cyl HDi 16V diesel engine, 5-speed manual transmission (185 N.m, 55kW)
  • 1560 cc 4-cyl HDi 16V diesel engine, 5-speed manual transmission (215 N.m, 66kW)
  • 1560 cc 4-cyl HDi 16V diesel engine, 5-speed manual transmission (240 N.m, 81kW)
  • 1560 cc 4-cyl BlueHDi 8V diesel engine, 5-speed manual transmission (55 kW)
  • 1560 cc 4-cyl BlueHDi 8V diesel engine, 5-speed manual transmission (74 kW)
  • 1560 cc 4-cyl BlueHDi 8V diesel engine, 5-speed manual transmission (300 N.m, 88kW)

The initial release of this generation was in 2008. Later, an electric version also made to the markets in 2013. In 2017, a 5-seater version called the Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace joined it. 

The electric version, called Berlingo Electric, had the power of 49kW and a torque of 200 N.m.

The Australian-released second-generation Berlingo was again only available as a commercial panel van, but this time, with both diesel and petrol variants and in long and short wheelbases. The base features included a driver’s airbag, air-conditioning, ABS cruise control, cloth trim, engine immobiliser, power mirrors, power steering, radio CD with two speakers, sliding side door, and a trip computer. The trims and powertrains offered in Australia for this generation were:

  • 1.6 HDi Long (4,628 mm) – 1.6HDi 16V inline-4 diesel engine (66 kW, 215 Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox 
  • 1.6 HDi Short (4,380 mm) – 1.6HDi 16V inline-4 diesel engine (66 kW, 215 Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox 
  • 1.6 Short (4,380 mm) – 1.6i 16V inline-4 petrol engine (66 kW, 132 Nm)

The base model from the first generation continued to be available until 2010, overlapping with the second generation trims.

Third Generation (Berlingo III / Rifter / Combo E/ ProAce City) – 2018 to the present

The model for the third generation was revealed at the Geneva Auto Show in 2018. The company acquired Opel in 2017 after which this model was also retailed as the fourth generation of Opel Combo. The third-generation Berlingo was available in the following body styles:

  • 4-door panel van
  • 5-door panel van
  • 5-door Leisure Activity Vehicle

The third-generation model is known for its car-like feel, attaining a higher refinement level with better safety technology and infotainment. The latest version has a box-like exterior paired with a roomy cabin and boot space.

In Australia, the latest versions include the M and XL models, which both come with various wheelbase types and available as two-seater and three-seater panel vans. These are available in the following powertrains:

  • 1.2L 4-cyl petrol engine, 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 1.5L 4-cyl diesel HDi engine, 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 1.6L 4-cyl Turbo diesel HDi engine, 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission

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-Amara Z.