All Combi models feature a CD player, electric front windows, power steering, remote central locking and electric/heated door mirrors as standard equipment.
The standard Partner Combi is available with either a 75 bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, a 70 bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine or the superb 90 bhp 2.0-litre HDi common-rail unit. The ‘Escapade’ is available with either a 110 bhp, 1.6-litre petrol engine or the 90 bhp, 2.0-litre HDi diesel.Finally, under the engine, a protective panel 3 mm thick serves as a skid plate in the event of contact with the ground. All fuel and brake lines are also covered by steel protection.
All Partners are equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The single-disc 200 mm dry clutch has a cable control and automatic wear adjustment.
The Partner is equipped with independent four-wheel suspension, with a MacPherson strut type wishbone front axle, incorporating a drop-link anti-roll bar and hydraulic dampers, with shock-absorption and flexibility characteristics adapted to the different engines and payloads.
At the back, the rear axle has drawn arms and torsion bars – a specification chosen for its compact height clearance. It is equipped with an anti-roll bar and inclined dampers allowing the axle to be housed under the rear floor, without any distortion of the load area. Both front and rear suspension are adaptive to different payloads.
New Partners receive large ventilated front discs (diameter 266 mm, thickness 20.4 mm). The rear drum brakes have a diameter of 228 mm and a width of 40 mm. Optional ABS is available on all versions. This is the latest version and features an electronic braking force regulation system (EBFD).
Power steering is standard on all Partners, and is variable according to engine speed.Published 25 March 2003