Berlingo Multispace and Dispatch Combi, two of the most versatile and practical models in the Citroën range, have received new styling and equipment upgrades. With a UK ‘on sale’ date of 2 April, both people carriers are now even more aesthetically and economically attractive to buyers, bringing the models in line with the contemporary Citroën range.
Having sold more than 1.4 million examples worldwide since its launch in 1996, the Berlingo Multispace continues to be one of the leaders for practicality in the family car segment.
Among the styling upgrades, the new Berlingo Multispace gains a wider, more defined grille, a new chevron badge and a new headlight arrangement. The indicators, for example, are now to the side of the main light units and are underlined by blue segments for an even stronger personality. The lower part of the grille can be fitted with static cornering lights integrated with the fog lights and LEDs provide an eye-catching daytime lighting signature.
The model’s side mirrors have been updated with a more aerodynamic design, helping to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. New ‘Airflow’ wheel embellishers are also available to help improve fuel and CO2 efficiency.
A ‘Black Pack’ is introduced, with customised Onyx Black trim on the top of the front bumper, side mirrors, side rubbing strips and rear number plate moulding. Inside the cabin, colours and materials have been revised on all levels of trim for a more contemporary feel. New Berlingo Multispace is also available with two new body colours, Nocciola and Belle Ile Blue.
One of the most robust, practical and spacious models in its segment, Berlingo Multispace can be specified with up to seven independent seats. The model’s generous interior dimensions can be fitted with the Modutop®, a Citroën design inspired by the world of aviation, which combines a glazed roof with multiple stowage compartments, a dual access boot, individually controlled ventilation and additional lighting for passengers in the rear. The Modutop® integrated boot is easily accessible, with a rear window that can be opened from the outside for easy loading.
The new Berlingo Multispace is available with a range of efficient engines and gearbox options, including Citroën’s e-HDi micro-hybrid powertrain with Stop & Start and a six-speed automated manual gearbox – e-HDi 90 Airdream EGS6 versions deliver CO2 emissions of just 125g/km.
On five-seat versions, the HDi 75 and HDi 90 models now deliver reduced emissions – 135g/km down from 139g/km – thanks in part to the aerodynamic upgrades. The HDi 110 engine is upgraded to HDi 115, providing extra performance.
|HDi 75 manual||135g/km|
|HDi 90 manual||135g/km|
|e-HDi 90 Airdream EGS6||125g/km|
|HDi 115 manual||139g/km|
|VTi 95 manual||164g/km|
In the UK, the new Berlingo Multispace is available with three core trim levels, VT, VTR and XTR. The XTR versions are designed for more adventurous families and features raised suspension (+10mm), a skid plate beneath the car and a special body pack.
One of the largest passenger vehicles in the Citroën range, the new Dispatch Combi combines generous space – up to nine occupants and a large boot – with MPV levels of on board comfort.
Like the Berlingo Multispace, the Dispatch Combi gains a new front end with a wide chromed grille featuring the brand’s updated chevron design. The new Citroën brand identity is also clearly visible at the rear. A new body colour, Hickory Brown, updates the range of shades available.
For enhanced peace of mind, Grip Control is newly available, with the driver choosing one of four modes – normal, all-terrain, snow or sand. This advanced anti-skid option optimises traction and adapts to all driving situations. An optional tyre pressure monitor is also introduced.
The new Dispatch Combi also becomes available with a new six-speed automatic gearbox, which is mated to the HDi 160 engine. Six-speed manual gearboxes are also available with the HDi 95, HDi 125 and HDi 160 engines. All versions feature a dashboard-mounted gear selector for a comfortable and convenient driving experience.
|HDi 95 6-speed manual||179g/km|
|HDi 125 6-speed manual||172g/km|
|HDi 160 6-speed manual||172g/km|
|HDi 160 6-speed Automatic||199g/km|
Special efforts were made to reduce the model’s CO2 emissions with the addition of aerodynamic panels underneath the body and a ‘volt control’ function to optimise battery charge management by the alternator.
The new Dispatch Combi is available in two trim levels in the UK, Combi and Combi SX.
Final UK specification and pricing details for new Berlingo Multispace and Dispatch Combi will be confirmed closer to the 2 April 2012 ‘on sale’ date.