2018 Citroen Berlingo shown in passenger van form ahead Geneva

The next-generation Citroen Berlingo has been unveiled in passenger van form ahead of its 2018 Geneva Motor Show debut.

The passenger version sports three rows of seats, and competes with the likes of Volkswagen Caddy Maxi and the Ford Tourneo Connect in Europe. Citroen is giving the Berlingo a more adventurous persona, with bold cues borrowed from the C4 Cactus and C3. These include plastic ‘Airbumps’, distinctive wheel patterns as well as the front end styling treatment with tiered headlamps.

Underneath the standout exterior, the Berlingo utilises PSA’s EMP2 platform, also used by passenger cars such as the Peugeot 308. In addition to a stronger chassis, this welcomes a suite of driver assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking that operates between 5 and 85km/h, trailer sway control and auto-dip high-beam headlights.

Size-wise, two overall lengths are offered, with 4400mm and 4750mm, with 2780mm and 2970mm wheelbases, respectively. The LWB version is the Berlingo XL. Citroen says there are 28 storage cavities throughout the car, with flat-folding seats across all three rows of seats.

Engine choices will be split between the PureTech 1.2-litre three-cylinder paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, or a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel with automatic available on the highest state of tune.

Expect more news soon about the commercial van version of the Berlingo, including Australian pricing and on-sale date.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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