New Citroen Berlingo Multispace gets SUV influence, extended variant

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The 2018 Citroën Berlingo Multispace has been revealed ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show next month. 

For the first time, the van-based-MPV gets an extended wheelbase version among the comprehensive updates, as well as new front-end underpinnings and a front end inspired by the brand’s SUV offerings

The Berlingo Multispace, which is the brand’s top-seller in 27 countries and its second best-seller worldwide after the C3, will be sold in M and XL variants from the second half of 2018. First cars won’t reach the UK until winter.

Both variants are seven-seaters, although the seats are removable in both. Standard M form is around 4400mm long, while the XL variant is around 350mm longer, with a wheelbase extended over the M by 190mm to around 2970mm, and an extra 350mm of overall length. 

At the front, the Berlingo uses the same EMP2 platform as a variety of PSA Group models, including the C4 Picasso models, Vauxhall Grandland X, Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the DS 7 Crossback. This allows electric power steering and a tighter turning circle, while at the rear, the platform is an upgrade of the Berlingo’s current architecture.

There are two 1.2-litre Puretech petrols, one 109bhp and the other 128bhp, and four 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesels available from launch, ranging in power from 74bhp to 128bhp. Eight-speed automatic gearboxes are available on both 128bhp units. 

Load space has grown by 100 litres over the outgoing model – 775 litres in total for the M, and 1050 litres for the XL, both with five seats in place. Rear access is also improved – the rear windscreen can be opened independently of the tailgate.

In addition to the added bootspace, there are no fewer than 28 storage cubbies around the cabin, contributing to an additional 186 litres of storage space. There’s also a ceiling-mounted storage space called Modutop, providing 92 litres of storage.  A host of driver assistance systems are also available on the new Berlingo, including adaptive cruise control, park assist, a lane departure warning system and automatic emergency braking, as well as PSA’s Grip Control two-wheel drive traction control system. 

No considerable price change is expected, although the car’s £16,795 entry point may increase a little, as is customary for new cars. 

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