Citroen has pulled the covers off its third-generation Berlingo Multispace, with the model being given a fresh new look and a host of new safety kit.
For the first time ever, the Berlingo Multispace is also being offered in two sizes – Medium and extra-large, dubbed M and XL, the latter being 35cm longer than the former. Further customisation options are available, such as an ‘XTR’ pack and ‘colour signatures’ around the front fog lights.
The latest model remains as practical as ever, with Citroen’s renowned Modutop multi-function roof still appearing on the latest model, as well as an opening rear window in the tailgate. The boot offers 775 litres of capacity on the M and a huge 1,050 litres on the five-seat XL version. It also offers an impressive 186 litres of storage space in 28 different cubby holes.
The new model has been given the French manufacturer’s latest design language – first seen on the C4 Picasso SUV in 2013. It also receives the brand’s quirky and scratch-resistant ‘airbumps’ at the bottom of the doors, too.
Safety is also a big feature on the new model, with 19 driving assistance technologies including a head-up display, a reversing camera and adaptive cruise control.
Two new engines are also available including a 1.5-litre ‘BlueHDi’ diesel engine and a 1.2-litre ‘Puretech’ petrol engine. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also an option for the first time, although it won’t be available until next year.
On the connectivity front, the Berlingo comes with an eight-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new model is also available with 24/7 emergency assistance, operated using an ‘SOS’ button inside the car.
The practical car-derived van has proved a big hit with taxi drivers and families alike since it first went on sale in 1996, with 1.7 million units being sold since.
It is a hugely important car for Citroen, as while the Berlingo might not be the best-selling vehicle in the UK, it is Citroen’s top-selling car in 17 countries, and its second best-selling vehicle behind the C3 hatchback worldwide.
It will make its full international debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, with its launch expected in the second half of 2018.