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Diesel Boost for Citroen Berlingo Performance and Economy

February 5th, 2008

Urban deliveries have just got faster and more economical because just days after adding new diesel engines to its C4 and C3 models, Citroën has brought the performance and economy of diesel to its innovative Citroën Berlingo with the launch of the Citroën Berlingo HDi, offering substantial gains in both performance and economy.

Fitted with the same 66 kW 1.6 litre Turbo Diesel as the Citroën C3 HDi, the new Turbo Diesel Berlingo slashes the 0-100 kmh time for the Berlingo from 17.5 seconds for the 1.4 petrol version to just 12.9 seconds for the new Berlingo HDI, while top speed, where legal, climbs from 148 kmh to 160 kmh. Yet, at the same time, the new Citroën Berlingo HDi is equally dynamic when it comes to cutting fuel consumption. The new Berlingo HDI has a combined fuel consumption figure of just 5.4 l/100 km compared to 7.5 l/100 km for the petrol powered Berlingo.

While there are significant changes to the Berlingo under the bonnet, all the other features that have made the Berlingo an outstanding success around the world stay the same, from the load capacity of three cubic metres and a payload of 800 kg to the interior designed for work, from the easy access passenger compartment to fold down passenger seat with integral desk.

“The new diesel engine in the Citroën Berlingo HDI provides that rare combination – a decisive performance AND economy gain,” says Miles Williams, General Manager for Citroën in Australia. “This means that, with the Citroën Berlingo HDi, deliveries are both faster and use less fuel, while the addition of a bigger fuel tank added to the low consumption, means it can also work harder for longer. Clearly, this is the ideal combination for every business!”

The Citroën Berlingo has proven to be nothing less than a revolutionary vehicle in every market in which it has been sold, creating an entire new market sector, its shape shamelessly copied by competitors, redefining the small van market in Australia more than a million Berlingos are supporting businesses and companies worldwide.

So why has the Berlingo proven so popular and so successful?

For a start it was designed by the company that, arguably, produced the first incarnation of the world’s two primary types of light commercial van, the car derived van and the single box van. This heritage has provided Citroën with a unique head start in providing sophisticated, value for money commercial vehicles.

The Citroën Berlingo may fall into the car-derived category, but it is far from the half hearted designs that are half car/half steel box. Unlike its original competitors, the Berlingo may look like a car, but it has been designed from the beginning as a van. This has numerous advantages.

For a start, the load compartment is integrated into the shape of the vehicle; it is not a bubble on the back of the vehicle. This provides a larger, more useable load space, it also enhances aerodynamics and stability. Citroën recognized that, more than any other road user the light commercial vehicle driver is in and out of his vehicle all day, so by raising the seating position, entry and exit could not be easier, and this also means that the Berlingo driver enjoys an eyeline almost on a par with small four wheel drives, making it easier to navigate around congested roads.

By not basing the Berlingo on the running gear of a car, the suspension could be designed to work as a commercial vehicle, not as a beefed car, or even worse, with just normal car suspension.

So the Berlingo has suspension that delivers a class leading payload and, as would expected as the company that has defined the best ride quality, handling and road holding, a level of comfort and driving ability that puts many cars to shame.

Both engines offered in the Berlingo are tough, torque-laden power units that are ideal for lugging loads and which are also clean and economical, in other words, ideally suited for the urban environment. The 1.6 litre 66 kW HDi engine was first used in the European Citroën C4 range and first arrived in Australia in the Citroën C3 HDi at the start of this year. It is derived from the 1.6 litre 80 kW engine used in the Australian market Citroën C4 HDi and shares many major components, not least its all-aluminum construction.

When it came to the passenger compartment, Citroën recognized that the requirements of a van driver are quite different from a normal car user and, therefore the Berlingo’s interior had to offer a host of different features. Not just a fold down seat that turns into a desk, or a hidden storage area for valuables, but also a plethora of door pockets, pen holders and places for cups, note books and delivery dockets.

The new Citroën Berlingo HDI has a recommended retail price of $21,990.

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