Citroen Berlingo MPV is offered internationally in two variants: a shorter standard liner and a longer XL liner
French car brand Groupe PSA will enter the Indian market next year through its Citroen brand. The first product is the C5 Aircross SUV which is expected to arrive in showrooms in early 2021. This will be followed by the CC24 subcompact SUV which is expected to launch in the second half of 2021.
Apart from these, Citroen also has plans to launch a family minivan called the Berlingo. A test mule of the same was recently spotted in Delhi. Images courtesy of the Heat17 Youtube channel. The minivan has been tested several times in recent months.
The minivan in these photos does not wear any camouflage except for the hidden badges in front and behind. Based on the model sold abroad, Berlingo is offered in two variants: standard and XL. The former is a compact version of the minivan measuring 4.4 meters in length while the latter is a elongated variant measures 4.75 meters. From the looks, the model pictured is most likely the longest XL upholstery.
Its front fascia sports a similar look to its C5 Aircross SUV sibling that has split headlights and a shorter hood. On the side, it rides on 16-inch steel wheels that are wrapped in 205/60 rubber. It also features a higher waistline and sliding doors with side body trim.
It receives a commanding view of the road ahead thanks to the raised driving position. At the rear, it has large vertically positioned taillights, large windshield and a tailgate-mounted license plate. The standard variant is offered in a 5-seat configuration while the XL derivative is offered in 7-seat and 6-seat configurations. The latter is equipped with captain seats in the middle row.
Features on offer
There are no pictures inside the cabin, however, it is expected to be a rich experience due to the many amenities present. This includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, wireless phone charging, navigation, and plenty of storage.
Internationally, the Berlingo MPV is offered in a choice of two petrol and two diesel engine options. The 1.2-liter petrol unit is available in two tuning states: 110hp and 130hp. The 1.5 liter DV5 diesel the engine delivers 102 hp or 130 hp. Transmission is via 8-speed automatic, while the diesel unit also gets a 6-speed manual.
In India, the diesel engine should be replaced by a 1.5 liter petrol station. The 1.2-liter could power the standard variant while the 1.5-liter unit could power the XL variant. While the former will rival Maruti XL6 and Mahindra Marazzo, the latter will face Toyota Innova Crysta. It should be noted that the Berlingo is not part of Citroen’s “C-Cubed plan” for India and if launched the country would most likely be brought in as a completely shot down unit (CKD) just like the C5 Aircross.