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Peugeot goes Rifting with new family van

  • ‘Bold, dynamic and versatile design break mould’
  • 2018 successor to Peugeot Partner Tepee
  • Modular design means 4000 litres load volume
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress

PARIS, France – Peugeot has unveiled an all-new Peugeot Rifter with, the automaker says, the intention of turning away from traditional design ”to introduce versatility and dynamism to the segment”.

It’s described as the successor to the Peugeot Partner Tepee though is said to build on that model’s most successful elements ”while adding a unique, sleek design and a premium driving experience to revolutionise the market”.

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Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot’s chief executive, told The Corner in a media release: “The Rifter has re-invented its presence to achieve a perfect combination of versatility and driving pleasure with its strong personality and ‘chic wanderer’ look – it expresses freedom of action.”

2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress

The Rifter’s design manager, Keith Ryder, added: “The challenge was to offer an appealing vehicle while meeting the volume, robustness, modularity and compactness requirements.

”Our designers took full advantage of its potential to bring forward a very distinctive stylistic identity.”

INTUITIVE FACIA LAYOUT

The cabin uses Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design with a compact steering-wheel, a 20cm colour touchscreen angled towards the driver, and a raised instrument panel that has a chromed rim and red needles.

”The layout,” Peugeot says, ”combines with a high driving position and an 11-metre radius of just to guarantee agility and driving pleasure.”

Technological advances include more crash protection / avoidance and infotainment equipment, among them adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alerts, blind-spot monitors and the option of a 180°” colour reversing camera.

2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress

The van/wagon rides on Peugeot’s modular EMP2 platform with the choice five or seven seats (the later due in 2019) and two shells, one 4.40m long, the other 4.75m.

DROP THE SHELF, GET SPACE

”Clever adaptability,” Peugeot says, ”uses a number of modular features, among them two side sliding doors, opening rear window; three individual folding rear seats and a sky roof with its own storage spaces.

”The cargo volume can take 775 litres with the rear shelf in place, expanding to 4000 litres if it is removed. A chillable space can take 186 litres.”

The Rifter will be available internationally with a choice of 1.2 petrol or 1.5 diesel with a six-speed manual; the diesel with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed auto.

Also optional are ‘Advanced Grip Control’ and Mud & Snow tyres supported for gradient-descent control.

2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress

Stéphane Peterhansel,  a driver with 13 victories in the Dakar cross-desert rally in cars and on motorcycles, told Peugeot: “Adventure is my life and freedom of movement is my most precious possession! My daily life is an endless exploration of what nature and cities have to offer: skiing, mountain-biking, hiking, skateboarding, jet skiing, car/motorcycle racing…

”I was lucky enough to try the all-new Peugeot Rifter. Its dynamic capabilities, precise driving experience and agility impressed. I can tell you that it was designed to support me in all circumstances.”

2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress
2018 PEUGEOT RIFTER: Image: Peugeot / Newspress

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