New vans from Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroën

Combo, Partner and Berlingo boast same PSA Group DNA.

Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroën have all unveiled new compact vans on the same day – principally because they are effectively the same vehicle.

The Vauxhall Combo, Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo are all built on the same platform, the three brands now all members of the PSA Group.

Citroën Berlingo The Van Expert
Each new van features side and rear loading doors – this is the Citroën Berlingo.

As such the three will boast similar capabilities – a load space of up to 4.4 cubic metres and payload of up to one tonne, accommodation for two Euro pallets between the wheel arches and a variety of versions – short and long wheelbase, and with crew van variants offering seating for five occupants. A hatch in the bulkhead allows the carrying of items up to 3.4m long.

Vauxhall is not officially revealing powertrain choices for the Combo yet but they are likely to mirror the Peugeot and Citroën models. These will range across 1.2-litre petrol engines of 110hp and 130hp (though the latter will not be available until the second half of 2019), a 1.5-litre diesel of 130hp with six-speed manual or eight-speed auto transmissions and a 1.6-litre unit in 75 or 100hp varieties.

Vauxhall Combo The Van Expert
Interiors – this the Vauxhall Combo – feature new infotainment systems.

Technology will feature heavily, particularly with regard to safety. Driver assistance systems available will include Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, a Lane Keep Assist, Hill Descent Control, automatic cruise control, driver drowsiness alerts and speed sign recognition, while a warning will even tell the driver if his van is overloaded.

Infotainment systems will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, with navigation through an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

Dealers will open order books for the three in the Autumn with first vehicles on the roads in December.

Peugeot Partner The Van Expert
Crew van variants are also available – here the Peugeot Partner.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

2 COMMENTS

    • There almost certainly will be in due course. The previous versions of the Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo had electric models, so you can expect to see this continued with the new generation.

      There may be a launch of electric models at the upcoming Paris motor show in October. It’s only a few months away and the city of Paris is very committed to low-emissions vehicles, so it makes sense to announce them there.

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