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The new generation models debuted two years ago and were restyled last fall. Initially, the Peugeot Rifter and Citroen Berlingo were offered only in an electric configuration with a 136-horsepower engine and a 50-kilowatt-hour battery, but a collapse in sales forced them to return the internal combustion engine to the range. We managed to reduce prices by almost one and a half times!

The Peugeot Rifter and Citroen Berlingo have common technology: now buyers can choose a 1.5-liter turbodiesel in two boost options (100 or 136 horsepower). The basic “heel” is equipped only with a “mechanics”, the top versions offer an 8-speed automatic as an option, although the full range is not available in all markets.

For diesel vans and compact vans, the stated fuel consumption is 5.3-5.5 liters per 100 kilometers, and most importantly, this option is much cheaper than an electric car. In France, the basic Peugeot Rifter with a 100-horsepower diesel engine costs 26,830 euros, and for the e-Rifter you will have to pay 36,820 euros. In Germany, a diesel Citroen Berlingo costs from 26,090 euros, for an electric car you will have to pay 36,940 euros, and the most affordable “heel” with a 110-horsepower gasoline 1.2-liter turbo engine costs only 24,890 euros!

In 2022-2023, the “heels” of the Stellantis concern lost 30-40 percent in sales, so the return of diesel to the range is overdue. It is curious that the expansion of the line went without advertising, and even on official European websites the frontmen of the Peugeot Rifter and Citroen Berlingo families remain electric cars.

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