The new 2017 Citroen Berlingo is set to be launched in late 2017 together with the Peugeot Partner. With a combined sales of over six million, the two models are arguably the best-selling vans of all time. Even with so many rivals battling for a piece of the cake, Citroen has managed to keep the Berlingo afloat through constant refreshments to multiple of its facets. While this may be true, the Berlingo is nonetheless starting to show some grey areas. For instance, the ride and handling quality is mediocre, payload poor, and the fuel consumption higher than other fresh models. Its release date, price, exterior and interior designs, engine specifications, and whatnot are covered below. So keep reading on.
It was for the aforementioned cons that made Citroen to make an official announcement of a new product that Citroen hopes will help bring the Berlingo’s old glory back. In a joint statement with GM (Opel and Vauxhall parent company), the company duo revealed that they were working behind the scenes to launch a new product that will be competitive in the minivan segment. Well, nothing much is known yet including what to expect beneath the hood save for the obvious increase in torque and power output.
For starters, the Berlingo has always delivered a more practical, modern response to consumer expectations illustrated by the impressive sales volumes it has recorded since 1996. It is an ideal partner for all situations with its spacious, functional, and versatile interior. For 2017, the new Citroen Berlingo aims to further its technology, simplicity, design, and functional appeal.
According to Citroen, the new Berlingo will run on three key pillars: Modern design elements, Cheerful character, and Ingenuity. Modern: the new Citroen Berlingo is set to get an expressive design that is more assertive and stronger without necessarily being aggressive. Cheerful: its character will be highlighted by such factors such as advanced suspension and seating, two new upholstery designs, and extensive utilization of the Quad and Liberia cloth upholstery. Ingenuity: this it’ll achieve through making it easier to use its intelligent technologies such as the updated seven-inch touchdrive interface, and navigation systems.
With all these pillars working in tandem, the new 2017 Citroen Berlingo is expected to deliver a more comfortable, more intelligent, and smoother everyday driving experience.
2017 Citroen Berlingo Release Date & Price
The price is expected to increase slightly over that of the existing model given the expected updates the new model will get. As such, buyers should expect to pay slightly more than $25,000. Probably $2/3000 more without factoring the options. As for the release date, rumors have it that the new model will probably go for sale sometime in the fall of 2017, most likely it’ll be sold as Citroen Berlingo 2018.
2017 Citroen Berlingo Exterior
The exterior of the new model will borrow heavily from the non-aggressive design cues of both the LCV and the Multispace versions. The result should be a dynamic, modern look that seamlessly reflects the mindset of Citroen. It is highly expected that the DRLs, strip, radiator grille, and the bumper will be all integrated to give the front bumper a modern, sober look. Additional body colors are also expected to grace the new-look exterior design.
2017 Citroen Berlingo Interior
According to teaser images of the new Berlingo, the dashboard will feature an attractive and efficient design that is expected to make driving pleasurable, while maintaining an ergonomic layout for the driving position.
‘Peace’ and ‘quiet’ come to mind when it comes to the onboard acoustics. The new Berlingo is able to minimize noise nuisance ad optimize aerodynamics thanks to the careful design and precise assembly of the exterior parts. The cabin comes with plenty of noise absorbent materials, while the floor pan offers gravel-chipping protection. More details will be offered on its release date.
If no changes to the existing trim lineup are experienced, then the new Citroen Berlingo 2017 will continue to be offered in three iterations: Berlingo Short Body MT, Berlingo Long Body MT, and Berlingo Long Body Semi-automatic.
The familiar 1.6L HDi 115 horsepower engine is expected to carry-over unchanged from the existing model. The same engine is also expected to power the 2018 Peugeot Expert and the 2018 Citroen Dispatch. The dimensions are expected to increase slightly over the previous model, as is the maximum payload capacity.
When it comes to the safety of the new model, a myriad of new driver assisting technologies are set to be offered in order to perfectly rival those of its traditional competitors that have improved in leaps and bounds as well. More details on the crash impact assessment should be offered on its release date.