In line with its target of electrifying its model range by 2025, Citroen has revealed the e-Berlingo for the European car markets. The electric van will be joined by the Peugeot e-Partner and Vauxhall Combo-e Life siblings shortly. Deliveries in the UK commence between October and December this year.
The design and interior of the Citroen e-Berlingo are mostly carried over from the ICE sibling, with the only apparent differentiation arriving from the addition of blue badges and trim accents. The family-oriented ‘Leisure’ variant features an “ë” badge on the grille and on the tailgate, as well as “Anodised Blue” trim on the bumpers and side Airbumps.
The CV-spec ‘Work’ van has a more utilitarian appearance with black bumpers. It misses out on the blue trim and comes with 16-inch steelies instead of the stylish 17-inch alloy wheels. It features a less sophisticated front fascia devoid of the mesh grille and multi-port lighting arrangement seen on the ‘Leisure’ version.
Citroen e-Berlingo Interior
While much of the interior is shared with the ICE sibling, the centre console of the e-Berlingo features an e-Toggle switch instead of the gear lever. It offers Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive functions, along with a selector that lets the driver choose between the three driving modes- Eco, Normal and Power. The M wheelbase version of the Citroen e-Berlingo offers a five-seat layout along with a boot capacity of 775-litre with all seats in place. The ‘XL’ version offers seven seats and a boot space of 1,050-litre, with the rear-most seats folded down.
Standard equipment on offer includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, lane-keeping assistance, cruise control and autonomous emergency braking. The range-topping XTR Flair even offers a 10-inch driver’s display. Moreover, the van comes with as many as 26 cubby holes, with the ‘Modutop’ roof lining offering 92-litre of storage space within a translucent housing.
The Citroen e-Berlingo, akin to its siblings from Peugeot and Vauxhall, is underpinned by PSA Groupe’s e-CMP platform that even forms the base for the Citroen e-C4, Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. The electric van sports a 136hp/100kW motor that draws juice from a 50kW battery. It offers a range of 171 miles in the WLTP cycle. The battery pack supports 100kW rapid-charging to replenish the battery to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
One can opt for an 11 kW onboard charger that is capable of completely charging the e-Berlingo at home using a 7.4kW wallbox in 4 hours and 45 minutes.
The van has load volumes of up to 4.4 cubic metres and a maximum payload of up to 800 kg. To optimise range, the electric van’s powertrain can replenish the battery during braking and deceleration. To start the energy recovery system, drivers just need to press the “B” button on the central console.
Citroen e-Berlingo FAQs
When is the release date of e-Berlingo?
The order book for the Citroen e-Berlingo is now open in the UK, with deliveries slated to commence in the last quarter of 2021.
Which are the core competitors to the Citroen e-Berlingo?
The e-Berlingo will be seen locking horns with the Nissan e-NV200 Combi and all-new Renault Kangoo.
What is the price of Citroen e-Berlingo?
The Citroen e-Berlingo is available to order in the UK with its prices starting from £29,575 (inclusive of a government grant of £2,500).
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