Citroen's New Look Berlingo Multispace - Packing More In For The Family

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Citroen has now announced prices and equipment specifications for the New Look Berlingo Multispace, the innovative and class-leading leisure vehicle which launched a whole new market sector in the UK.

The New Look Berlingo Multispace will feature a robust new exterior look, a revised interior as well as significant equipment and safety enhancements. The new model will actually cost less, on a similar equipment basis, than the previous model, when it goes on sale in the UK later this year, with recommended retail prices starting from just £9,295.

Total sales in 2002 have already reached some 6,000, up by almost 40% on last year and more than its nearest rivals from Renault and Peugeot combined and now, to stay ahead, the New Look Berlingo Multispace has been improved to offer buyers even greater value for money.

Sporting a more rugged-looking front end, complete with deep wraparound colour-keyed bumpers and squared-off clear lens headlamps, as well as new front wings, bonnet and grille, the Multispace also offers the option of front fog lamps and 15" alloy wheels for the first time.

Inside, there is a completely redesigned dashboard featuring a centrally-located display screen, a more ergonomic steering wheel with controls for the stereo and numerous new stowage areas. For added practicality and convenience a special Comfort Pack option offers aircraft-style trays on the back of the front seats, front folding armrests and Citroen’s Modubox folding trolley for the first time, all for just £60!

Electric front windows, heated door mirrors and an electric passenger’s door mirror are now standard equipment, as is the remote control central locking with dashboard-mounted control button.

Many of the benefits of digital multiplex wiring have also made their way into the New Look Berlingo Multispace range. Neat touches such as ‘guide-me-home’ headlamps and progressive dimming of the cabin lights are now joined by new functions such as a key fob operated ‘location’ facility, speed sensitive stereo volume and automatic locking of the doors when the vehicle is in motion or if it is accidentally unlocked.

Levels of safety have been increased too, with the new model now combining improved impact resistance, thanks to the reinforced and redesigned body structure, with the availability of ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution as well as four airbags. The introduction of variable power assisted steering, along with a number of enhancements to the running gear, will help to make low speed manoeuvres easier while improving overall levels of ride comfort and handling.

User-friendly twin sliding side doors are still offered as standard, along with the option of an enormous, electrically operated, full length sunroof. And, with five full-size seats, more than 600 litres of boot space and the availability of the innovative Modutop aircraft-style, roof mounted, storage system, there is plenty of room on the inside.

Providing an attractive balance of power, performance and economy the range can offer up to 50 mpg on a combined cycle, or a top speed of 107 mph, from its choice of four engines – 75hp 1.4i or 110hp 1.6i 16V petrol or 71hp 1.9D or 90hp 2.0HDi diesel.

Helping to reduce running costs, petrol and HDi diesel service intervals are 12,500 miles, while all models come with three year vehicle and paintwork warranties, together with a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty.

All of which ensures that the New Look Berlingo Multispace will continue to do what it has always done best – provide a highly practical, high value alternative for family motorists, with more space than the biggest estate car and the creature comforts of a family hatchback, all for the price of a supermini.

Published : 11/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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