The facelifted Citroën Berlingo has been revealed and this brand new model is all set to make its debut in March, at Geneva Motor Show. The car comes with a wide range of diesel engines and in the following configurations – BlueHDi 100 manual, BlueHDi 75 manual, BlueHDi 100 S&S manual, BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed manual and Blue HDi100 S&S ETG6. Also, the company is offering an electric version. This one churns out 67 HP power and 200 Nm torque. It can hit the top speed of 110 km/hr and gives the maximum range equal to 170 km. The engines comply with Euro 6 standard and the nitrogen oxide emissions have been cut down. As for the CO2 emissions, they have been reduced by 4%.
The front features ingeniously designed bumper, DRLs and radiator grille so as to give the front fascia a fresh look. The radiator and new bumper now sit lower. Also, they are wider and give the car a robust look. Multispace models have re-positioned LED DRLs. The chevrons have been revised and have horizontal lines that angle outwards in the direction on headlamps. The length of the new Berlingo is 4.38 m, the height is 1.81 m and the wheelbase is 2.73 m.
The cabin is very spacious and gives enough knee room to passengers. The boot capacity is 675-litres. When the seats are folded, the capacity can be increased to a total of 3,000-litres. The second row has three independent seats. The Modutop® roof is functional as well as airy. The internal storage space amounts to 170-litres. The car features two sliding side doors and the tailgate has a window which can easily open to access the boot directly.
The car comes with two new options for upholstery. The dashboard is attractive and efficient. The steering wheel can be adjusted for both reach and height and the height of the driver’s seat can be adjusted. For excellent visibility, the carmakers have provided a glazed area equal to 4.6 meter square. For this purpose, the quarter lights, panoramic windscreen and the windows are large.
Both – LCV and Multispace versions have the McPherson-type suspension. This makes sure that passengers enjoy a comfortable drive- no matter what state the road is in. Noise has been reduced and aerodynamics optimized by carefully designing and arranging the components. An acoustic cocoon covers the engine. The cabin has sound absorbent materials and gravel protection has been used for the floor plan.
Berlingo already has various safety and driver assist features – speed limiter, automatic lights, cruise control, parking sensors, Grip Control, hill-start assist and advanced anti-skid. Several more technologies have been added to the 2015 model. Active City Brake is an automatic system that prevents collisions when the vehicle is travelling at low speed. Short-range radar has been mounted on top of windscreen. It detects the presence of obstacles – whether static or moving vehicles and other objects that are present in the same lane. Upto the speed of 30 kph, the system will identify risk of accident and then activate the braking control unit. The vehicle will then be slowed down or stopped to reduce the intensity of the impact.
The front parking sensors are also a new feature; earlier there were only rear parking sensors. Hence the manoeuvring of the vehicle has become easier for the driver, thus needing even less efforts for driving. Parking is now made easier with the reversing camera. When the driver drives the vehicle in the reverse mode, the camera will take a picture of the rear and send this image to the seven inch touchscreen. Hence using the guidelines on the screen, the driver can then drive back and reverse easily.