PEUGEOT is saying goodbye Partner and hello to the new Rifter, turning away from traditional design to introduce versatility and dynamism to van segment.
As the spiritual successor to the Partner Tepee, the all-new Rifter shares its EMP2 platform with the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the Vauxhall Combo Life.
Its dynamic profile with a short, horizontal bonnet, and seamlessly integrated roof bars, the Rifter is a change of face in the segment.
Rifter design manager Keith Ryder said the challenge was to offer an appealing vehicle while still meeting the volume, robustness, modularity and compactness requirements.
The interior houses Peugeot’s intuitive i-Cockpit design with a compact steering wheel for better grip and improved handling, an 8-inch colour capacitive touchscreen angled towards the driver, and a raised instrument panel, enhanced with chrome-plated surrounds and elegant red needles.
The intuitive layout combines with a high driving position, and a turning radius of just 10.9m to guarantee next-level agility and genuine driving pleasure.
The van also benefits from the latest technological advances, including a host of safety and infotainment equipment, including adaptive cruise control, active lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring system and the optional “Visiopark 180°” colour reversing camera.
It comes in both 5- and 7-seat (available in 2019) versions, with Standard (4.40m) and Long (4.75m) lengths available for each. Its clever adaptability hosts a number of modular features including two sliding side doors, opening rear tailgate window, three individual folding rear seats with Magic Flat function; and a Zénith roof with numerous storage spaces.
According to version, the boot of the Rifter features a loading capacity of 775 litres under shelf, up to 4,000 litres under ceiling storage, and an additional enclosed, refrigerated space capable of storing up to 186 litres.
The Rifter comes available with the latest range of Peugeot engines, including the award-winning 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S petrol engine with 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as the acclaimed 1.5 BlueHDi 130 S&S, with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The all-new Peugeot Rifter will be open for orders from early Summer 2018. As soon as we know details of the commercial vehicle version we shall let you know.