The UK’s best-selling small van (up to 2.5 tonne gvw) and Citroën’s best-selling LCV, the Berlingo, has been updated. Citroën – newly crowned GreenFleet Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year 2013 – has further extended its green credentials with the latest version of the versatile Berlingo.
This popular LCV now benefits from further fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions as well as being refreshed with exterior changes, a new gearbox and more in-cab storage.
From November production onwards the Berlingo range gains a new chrome grille, new side rubbing strips and revised side skirts. Internally, to increase the Berlingo’s already high levels of in-cab storage, all Berlingo vans and platform cabs now gain a full-width, over-windscreen storage shelf with map reading lights on either side for both driver and passenger.
In addition, all Berlingo Airdream models previously specified with EGS6 automated manual gearboxes will now be equipped with a new ETG6 (6-speed Efficient Tronic Gearbox). The ETG6 gearbox has been developed to provide improved driveability.
The ETG6 gearbox has optimised pedal mapping to adjust power effectively for smoother start-ups and acceleration. Gear change speeds are modulated more precisely, based on driver input, for improved performance and comfort, and its optimised gear shift patterns further improve efficiency. All Berlingo vans specified with the new ETG6 gearbox also have Electronic Stability Control (ESC), traction control with Hill Start Assist, a passenger airbag, cruise control with driver-adjustable speed limiter and a new Gear Shift Indicator as standard.
Also the latest Berlingo L1 vans powered by the HDi 90 (non e-HDi 90) engine benefit from an improved Combined Cycle fuel economy figure of 56.5mpg and a CO2 emissions reduction from 138g/km to 132g/km. At the same time Berlingo L2 e-HDi 90 Airdream manual vans see a Combined Cycle fuel economy improvement to 57.6mpg and CO2 reductions to 128g/km. Citroën has also completed a programme to optimise payloads, which has resulted in an increase for virtually every Berlingo van. As a result the Berlingo HDi 90 Manual L1 850 models now have a maximum available payload of 896kg.
Scott Michael, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme, remarked; “The latest changes to the Berlingo will enable this popular model to maintain its position at the top of the sales charts. In the first three quarters of this year the Berlingo outsold all of its competitors in the up to 2.5tonne gvw small van category, proof of its continuing popularity and versatility. Operators of both large and small fleets, appreciate the Berlingo’s excellent fuel economy of up to 62.8mpg, low running costs and wide choice of models.”
The latest Berlingo is offered, dependent on model, with a choice of three trim levels (X, LX and Enterprise) and six power trains (1 x petrol/2 x diesel/2 x diesel micro-hybrid/1 x electric). As part of this choice, the Berlingo includes the advanced e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6, which features micro-hybrid technology with Stop & Start and the new ETG6, six-speed automated manual gearbox. This drivetrain delivers CO2 emissions from just 118g/km and a Combined Cycle fuel economy figure of up to 62.8mpg.
The Berlingo range includes L1 and L2 versions, which provide a maximum load capacity of up to 4.1m3, a 3-seater Extenso® multi-function folding passenger seat (excluding X models), payloads of up to 896kg, a 5-seat crew van, an enhanced traction XTR+ van and a platform cab for special bodywork. For greater efficiency, safety and reduced driver stress levels, all Berlingo panel vans are fitted, as standard, with Citroën’s unique – and recently enhanced – Trafficmaster telematics platform, which includes Smartnav dynamic satellite navigation system and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking.