Peugeot Rifter revealed as Citroen Berlingo Multispace brother

The Peugeot Rifter has been revealed as Peugeot offers in the three points of the PSA group assault on the van-based MPV market.

The Rifter is mechanically identical to the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Vauxhall Combo Life, which is based on the previous generation of cars, with the platform EMP2 of the front end to allow for greater driver assistance technologies, such as Advanced Control of Grip (PSA traction control system), automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

As the Berlingo Multispace, the Rifter will be available in five or seven-seat variants, when sales start in the summer, although the larger car will not arrive in the driveway until 2019.

Peugeot claims storage capacity of 775 litres to the window line, which rises to 4000 litres up to the roof for the long wheelbase version, with the seats folded flat. Identical to the Berlingo, the short-Rifter is around 4400mm long, and the long-wheelbase version is 4750mm in length.

While the Citroën Berlingo has been updated with a new SUV-looking, the Rifter Combo and Life being more MPV-like in their front ends.

The engines are shared across the three cars, which means a 1.2-litre Puretech petrols in 109bhp and 128bhp flavors, and four 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel, ranging in power from 74bhp to 128bhp. Both 128bhp engines are available with eight-speed automatic transmission gearboxes.

It is a new entry in the market of Vauxhall, but Peugeot and Citroën have had great success here; 2987 sales in 2017 puts the Rifter to its predecessor, the Partner Tepee, at the top of the sales charts for the segment, while the Citroën 2644 place of sales in the third post. The model of Citroen is the second best-selling model around the world.

A small increase in the price it is expected that most of the Partner Tepee € 16,795 starting price, while the variant most is expected to command closer to £ 20,000 when sales begin.

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