New Citroën Berlingo Multispace Fuses Minivan With SUV Looks | Geneva Images

Leisure Activity Vehicle. That’s what Citroën calls this type of compact passenger van, and it lays claim to having created the segment with the Berlingo Multispace back in 1996. 22 years later, it’s rolling out the third iteration you see here.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the new Multispace is the first in an array of small vans being produced by the PSA Group. They’ll reach showrooms as the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, and Opel/Vauxhall Combo.

The Multispace is the Chevron marque’s passenger version, bringing with it some of Citroën’s signature quirkiness. Just look at the “airbumps” that debuted on the C4 Cactus and are quickly finding their way across the automaker’s lineup.

It also boasts 28 storage compartments, including a multifunction Modutop roof setup and a Top Box in the dashboard (enabled by moving the airbag into the headliner). Variable seating configurations aim to optimize the interior space, and loads of appearance customization options will help buyers make the van their own.

Citroën will offer the Berlingo Multispace in standard and extended wheelbases to accommodate five or seven passengers. An array of gasoline and diesel engines are on offer, ranging in output from 75 metric horsepower to 130. There’s a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and an array of 19 driver-assistance systems on offer.

The new Berlingo and its sister-models will vie for customers against the likes of the Ford Transit Connect, Chevy City Express, Ram ProMaster City/Fiat Doblo, Renault Kangoo, Volkswagen Caddy, and Nissan NV200. It’s a highly competitive segment, as you can see, and the expanding European auto group is serious about defending its slice of the pie – and maybe taking a bigger one.

The Citroën brand alone has sold over 3.3 million Berlingos in the past two-plus decades, over half of which (at 1.7 million units) were Multispace passenger versions. It sold over 165,000 Berlingo vans last year alone, making it the brand’s top-selling model in 17 countries, and its second-best seller worldwide behind only the C3.

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  • Sapphire Aitken

    Picture 39 is hysterical. Is it a family of Borrowers?

    • Matt

      Too good!

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Pontiac lives!!!!!

    • Bryan Watson

      Lol I was thinking that, on closer inspection, it’s parked on a raised platform near the camera and the family are further away

  • CADOX

    The return of the Xtr badge. Yoohoo !

  • Deckard_Cain

    3.3 billion Berlingos?? Damn, where’s mine?

  • Classic Bob

    Looking at the front end, i think i’m seeing double, if not triple..

  • Christian Wimmer

    Love it. Now these are the cars I am interested in. Funky and practical.

    If I ever need a new car to replace my 2007 BMW 118i I want something like this.

  • Paul Cairns

    it does resemble the outgoing model which has been in production from 1996!

    • Bryan Watson

      The mk1 ceased production in 2012 (face-lifted in 2002 and again in 2008), all new mk2 came out in 2008 and will cease production once this new one comes out.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m into it. Needs funkier interior fabrics, though.

  • emjayay

    True, and an odd redo for VW. Kind of like the American Ford Focus 2008-2011 model, which looks like a completely different car inside and out, but underneath it is the same structure. The windshield and side windows are the same but you would never know it.

    The Golf 6 has a scoop out on the B column interior that matches the front door armrest etc. of the 5 but not really the 6, but they left it there anyway.

  • 2sfhim

    This is not a face-lift, everything at the front is new, while the rear is a much improved derivative of the old model. They might look similar but this is where similirarities ends. Half-new platform, new wheelbase, new infotainment, sliding windows instead of pop out windows at the rear, etc.

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