Extenso Cabin for Flexibility and Load Capability
The van has a completely modular layout, based on the Extenso cabin. This was a hugely popular feature of previous models, and it’s been retained and improved in the new Berlingo. It means that the passenger seats can be customised in three different configurations. The van can carry a driver plus two passengers, but alternatively, the outer passenger seat can be folded flat to the floor to allow loads up to 1200mm to be carried safely.
And there’s no need to worry about the robustness of the passenger seat when it’s folded down - its back has a metal shell which will take a load of up to 50kg. Loads come in all shapes and sizes, so the middle passenger seat can also be folded with the seat against the back rest, like a tip-up theatre seat. This enables you to carry tall loads in the van’s cabin.
The wide sliding side doors are complemented by the asymmetric rear doors. These have been designed to open to 180 degrees, which makes loading and unloading much easier.
On the Road Office
Increasing numbers of drivers are using their vans as offices, and the new Berlingo really scores here. Fold down the central seat and you’ve got a built-in desktop - there’s also a handy 7.5 litre storage space under the cushion of the middle seat. The Berlingo’s technology set-up is also impressive - a 7” colour touchscreen and extensive media functions (including DAB radio, audio streaming and the ability to connect portable devices). The telephone has hands-free Bluetooth, voice recognition, directory function and the ability to manage two calls at once.
Configuring the Van and Its Engine
The Berlingo comes in two lengths: L1, which has a load volume of up to 3.7 cubic metres, and L2, which is slightly longer and gives you 4.1 cubic metres. There’s also a choice of body types, including panel van, platform cab and crew van. For those of you who aren’t van anoraks, the platform cab has a flat bed extending over the chassis frame. The crew van has an extra row of seats and therefore less load room.
There’s a selection of engine sizes, of course, and the new Berlingo meets the recent Euro 6 standard for emissions by using efficient BlueHDi diesel engines. As well as petrol and diesel, there’s even an electric engine available, though the price is well above the other models, so your efforts to help the environment may come at with a slightly eye-watering price tag.
The colours available include of course, white van man white - or “Polar white” as Citroen prefers to call it, and the trademark red that we all love in Nemos and Berlingos (called “Passion Red”). There’s also black, or if looking cool is important, there are a couple of metallic finishes, but these will cost extra.
There are a number of other configuration extras for the van, such as glazed back windows, a mesh divider (useful for dog breeders and security guards), air con, parking sensors and more.
All in all, the Berlingo continues to win hearts, minds, and hopefully lots of new business. Here’s to another million customers.