Citroën Berlingo enhanced with new look, tech and range
The electric version is said to provide a 20 per cent increase in range
Citroen has unveiled the refreshed Berlingo, a van-based people carrier that has undergone a significant makeover. The new model is inspired by the recently launched Citroën e-C3 electric supermini and features a redesigned exterior, updated interior, and a range boost for the electric version.
The exterior of the Berlingo and its electric counterpart, the e-Berlingo, has been completely revamped to adopt Citroen's latest design language. The front end now features a single-piece grille and bumper, bold LED lighting, and the new, retro-inspired Citroen logo.
Inside, the Berlingo and e-Berlingo boast a new dashboard with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 10-inch configurable digital instrument cluster. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity comes as standard.
The Berlingo and e-Berlingo models will continue to be available in two body lengths: the M variant, measuring 4.40 meters, and the XL variant, extending to 4.75 meters. The XL model boasts the versatility to accommodate up to seven passengers, or, by folding down all seats except the driver's, it can offer a substantial cargo space of up to 4,000 liters.
For the faclifted electric e-Berlingo, the van is now said to provide a 198-mile range from a single charge, an increase of 20 per cent compared to the previous version. The range boost is thanks to a new 50kWh LFP (lithium ferro phosphate) battery, the same chemistry used in the e-C3.
This battery also supports a maximum charging speed of 100kW, enabling it to charge from 0 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. For a full recharge of its 50kWh battery, it takes approximately seven and a half hours using a standard 7.4kW home wallbox.
Additionally, the e-Berlingo is equipped with a new regenerative braking system, which can be adjusted through paddles located behind the steering wheel, offering three different levels of strength. This system enhances energy efficiency by recovering energy during braking or deceleration.
For those who prefer petrol or diesel power, the Berlingo will be available with a choice of two PureTech petrol engines and a trio of BlueHDi diesel engines.
The facelifted Berlingo and e-Berlingo will arrive in the UK in Spring 2024 and will be available in two trim levels: Plus and Max, alongside the two body lengths. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect it to be similar to the outgoing models, which start from £25,405.