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Citroën unveils new electric ë-Berlingo with 174-mile range

Citroën has unveiled the new ë-Berlingo, the latest model from the brand as it works towards providing an electrified variants across each model in the range by 2025.

It features a 100kw (136hp) electric motor with up to 260Nm of torque. Connected to a 50kWh battery, ë-Berlingo can achieve up to 174 miles of range from a single charge under WLTP testing.

The new model comes with three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Power, accessible via a special ë-Toggle control that allows the driver to choose the power output that best suits their needs.

To optimise range, ë-Berlingo features a regenerative braking system that is designed to recover energy during braking and deceleration.

To enhance energy recovery, the driver simply activates the 'B' button on the central console. The battery warranty is eight years or 100,000 miles (for 70% of battery capacity).

Laurence Hansen, Citroën's product and strategy director, said: “The electrification of Berlingo responds to two issues, offering sufficient range and making no compromises on practicality, so that our customers can enjoy their activities in all their diversity."

New ë-Berlingo comes as standard with a 7.4kW single-phase on-board charger and, as an option, an 11kW three-phase charger.

Supporting a variety of charging methods, ë-Berlingo can be charged using anything from a three-pin plug to 100kW rapid charging.

A full charge from a 7kW Wallbox will take 7.5 hours, or 5 hours using a 22kW unit using three-phase power.

Supporting up to 100kW DC fast charging, an 80% charge can be completed in 30 minutes.

In addition, ë-Berlingo is equipped with functionality for deferred charging, for consuming electricity in off-peak hours, and for thermal pre-conditioning, enabling motorists to set the cabin temperature when the vehicle is plugged in and thus reducing battery consumption in the first few miles of their journey.

These features can be accessed via the vehicle touchscreen (on selected versions) and via the MyCitroën app.

The new model is available in 'Medium' or 'XL' variants, with Medium models measuring 4.40m long and XL variants at 4.75m long. All variants are 1.90m tall and, thanks to a specially adapted power steering system, have a turning circle of 10.8m.

New ë-Berlingo has up to 167-litres of storage space and up to 26 storage compartments within the cabin.

Inside, the central console is home to the ë-Toggle switch, which allows the driver to control the gearbox via the Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Regenerative Brake functions, together with the three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Power.

New ë-Berlingo’s 8-inch touchscreen includes an 'Energy' section in the menu, which provides access to energy flow information, consumption statistics and the activation of deferred charging or pre-set cabin temperature.

A 10-inch high-definition digital instrument panel is also available (depending on the version). Drivers can configure the digital instrument panel display to suit their needs, highlighting the navigation system, energy-flow information or the driver-assistance systems.

New ë-Berlingo boasts up to 18 driver assistance technologies (depending on the version), including: keyless entry and start; colour head-up display, a first in the segment; reversing camera; and cruise control and speed limiter.

For greater safety, ë-Berlingo (depending on the version) also benefits from active safety brake, an active lane departure warning system, driver attention alert, distance alert and a blind spot monitoring system. 

Citroën ë-Berlingo also comes with Assistance & SOS. The occupants can press the 'Assistance' button to be put in contact with a dedicated call centre. Alternatively, the system can activate automatically in the event of an incident.

Connect Assist can be used to obtain access to vehicle data such as state of charge, range, delayed charging, thermal pre-conditioning, parking location, mileage and next service. Connection and viewing of information are possible via the My Citroën app.

Meanwhile, Citroën Connect Nav includes a three-year subscription to Connected Navigation services with real-time traffic updates. The location and prices at service stations and car parks, weather information and local searches for points of interest are also available.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let the driver safely connect a smartphone and duplicate its screen on the vehicle's touchscreen. Multimedia content can be accessed and compatible applications can also be controlled directly from the vehicle's touchscreen.

New Citroën ë-Berlingo will be arriving in UK showrooms in Q4 2021.

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