The Rifter replaces the Partner in Peugeot’s compact van lineup; it is a sister model to the new-generation Citroen Berlingo and Opel Combo vans and will be offered in five- and seven-seat versions.
Built on the new EMP2 platform, the new Peugeot Rifter will be available in two lengths: Standard (4.40 m) and Long (4.75 m). The latter adds more length to both the base and overhang for ideal interior space.
New suspension design
The Peugeot Rifter features a Pseudo MacPherson front suspension and a rear suspension with a deformable cross beam. It will be available with optional Advanced Grip Control. This can be partnered with Michelin Latitude Tour Mud & Snow tyres, which will work in combination with the Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC), which automatically maintains optimal speed on steep slopes.
A 4-wheel drive system developed with Peugeot’s long-time partner, DANGEL, will be available as an option for the Rifter range.
Engines will meet the latest Euro 6.c standard and are already set to meet the future WLTC driving cycle standards.
With the petrol option, two versions of the 1.2-litre PureTech engine are available:
- PureTech 130 ch S&S with an 8-speed automatic gearbox / EAT8 (available in 2019).
- PureTech 110 ch S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox, also available in a very low consumption version
- The PureTech 130 includes a Gasoline Particulate Filter to reduce particle emissions.
With the diesel option, three 1.5 BlueHDi engine powers are available:
- BlueHDi 130 ch S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic gearbox / EAT8
- BlueHDi 100 ch with a 5-speed manual gearbox, also available in S&S very low consumption version
- BlueHDi 75 ch with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The diesel engines are all equipped with a particle filter and selective catalytic reduction system. This technology enables emission control upon starting the engine and without requiring a particle filter additive.
High levels of technology
The list of technological equipment is impressive and unprecedented in this segment, and includes the following, depending on the versions:
- A backup electric brake. A large storage area takes the place of the handbrake, optimising the space on board as well as the practicality
- An adaptive cruise control maintains the programmed speed and adapts the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. With the 8-gear automatic gearboxes, it is possible to come to a full stop
- Widened recognition of road signs displays the maximum speed detected and offers to adjust the speed limiter/cruise control
- An active lane departure warning system corrects the trajectory in the event of driver inattention
- A driver attention warning using camera surveillance to analyse driver behaviour and steering wheel movements. An audible and visual warning goes off when a lapse in attention is detected
- The Active Safety Brake is triggered if a risk of collision is detected
- A tow bar stability control system stabilises the trailer to attenuate drifting movements or slow down the vehicle if necessary
- Automatic activation of main and dipped headlamps
- The “Visiopark 180°” reversing camera shows the back view at a 180-degree angle with the option to display a classic (bird’s-eye) 180° view or zoom in when in immediate proximity to an obstacle
- The blind spot monitoring system, with alerts for the door mirrors
- Keyless entry and engine start.
To be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show where it will make its world debut, the new Peugeot Rifter will go on sale worldwide as early as September. It is manufactured at the Vigo (Spain) and Mangualde (Portugal) factories.