For the first time, the van-based-MPV gets an extended wheelbase version among the comprehensive updates, as well as new front-end underpinnings and a front end inspired by the brand’s SUV offerings.
The Berlingo Multispace, which is the brand’s top-seller in 27 countries and its second best-seller worldwide after the C3, will be sold in M and XL variants from the second half of 2018. First cars won’t reach the UK until winter.
Both variants are seven-seaters, although the seats are removable in both. Standard M form is around 4400mm long, while the XL variant is around 350mm longer, with a wheelbase extended over the M by 190mm to around 2970mm, and an extra 350mm of overall length.
At the front, the Berlingo uses the same EMP2 platform as a variety of PSA Group models, including the C4 Picasso models, Vauxhall Grandland X, Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the DS 7 Crossback. This allows electric power steering and a tighter turning circle, while at the rear, the platform is an upgrade of the Berlingo’s current architecture.
There are two 1.2-litre Puretech petrols, one 109bhp and the other 128bhp, and four 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesels available from launch, ranging in power from 74bhp to 128bhp. Eight-speed automatic gearboxes are available on both 128bhp units.
Load space has grown by 100 litres over the outgoing model - 775 litres in total for the M, and 1050 litres for the XL, both with five seats in place. Rear access is also improved - the rear windscreen can be opened independently of the tailgate.