Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot Chief Executive, said: “With the all-new Peugeot Rifter, the brand fully reinvents its presence in this category, and achieves the perfect combination of versatility and driving pleasure by Peugeot. Gifted with a strong personality and a ‘chic wanderer’ look, the all-new Peugeot Rifter expresses freedom of action.”
Keith Ryder, the Peugeot Rifter Design Manager also commented, saying: “The challenge for the all-new Peugeot Rifter was to offer an appealing vehicle while still meeting the volume, robustness, modularity and compactness requirements. The new platform enables perfectly balanced proportion choices. Our designers took full advantage of its potential in order to bring forward a very distinctive stylistic identity on this new silhouette.”
The interior houses Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design. It features an 8-inch colour capacitive touchscreen angled towards the driver, and a raised instrument panel, enhanced with chrome-plated surrounds and elegant red needles.
The all-new Rifter also benefits from Peugeot’s latest technological advances, featuring a host of safety and infotainment equipment, including adaptive cruise control, active lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring system and the optional “Visiopark 180°” colour reversing camera.
Built on Peugeot’s modular EMP2 platform, the Rifter comes in both 5- and 7-seat (available in 2019) versions, with Standard (4.40m) and Long (4.75m) lengths available for each. Its adaptability hosts a number of modular features including : two sliding side doors; opening rear tailgate window; 3 individual folding rear seats with Magic Flat function; and a Zénith roof with numerous storage spaces.
According to version, the boot of the Rifter features a loading capacity of 775 litres under shelf, up to 4,000 litres under ceiling storage, and an additional enclosed, refrigerated space capable of storing up to 186 litres.
The all-new Peugeot Rifter comes available with the latest range of Peugeot engines, including the 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S petrol engine with 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as the 1.5 BlueHDi 130 S&S, with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox.
There’s also the option of Advanced Grip Control. The Mud & Snow tyres improve traction control through continuous action on wheel spin. This works in combination with the Hill Assist Descent Control, which automatically maintains optimal speed on steep slopes.
The all-new Peugeot Rifter will be open for orders from early Summer 2018.