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FACELIFTED EURO 5 BERLINGO & DISPATCH

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Citroen Berlingo 2012 model year

Citroen Berlingo 2012 model yearCitroën’s Berlingo and Dispatch vans have been facelifted for Euro 5 and 2012 with some new styling, additional equipment and improved efficiency.The current Citroen Berlingo, launched in 2008, has now gained further improvements for 2012. The new model boasts a more robust and expressive design, which include a wider grille, a new chevron badge rising up to the headlights and a new headlight arrangement. The indicators, for example, are now to the side of the main light units. The wider air intake on the front bumper gives the vehicle a more powerful stance on the road and the door mirrors gain a more aerodynamic design to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.Inside, the existing upholstery has been replaced by Citroën’s new ‘Gazyban’ grey trim.The new Berlingo is offered with one petrol and four diesel powertrains. The HDi 75 now emits 133g/km of CO2 - down from 136g/km - thanks to changes including the new aerodynamic upgrades. The HDi 90 now emits 138g/km - down from 140g/km.The e-HDi 90 Airdream EGS6, which features micro-hybrid technology with Stop & Start and a six-speed automated manual gearbox, delivers even lower CO2 emissions of just 123g/km. On top of the economic and environmental benefits, this powertrain provides the benefits of two-pedal driving. To select auto, neutral, reverse or manual, the driver uses a fascia-mounted dial. There are then steering-mounted paddles for use in the manual mode.Citroen Dispatch EURO 5 2012 Model Year

The facelifted Dispatch gains a new front end featuring a wide chromed grille with a new chevron badge that extends up to the headlights. The model also reflects a shift upmarket in terms of equipment. The new Dispatch is available with hill-start assist and the same fixed speed limiter functionality as Berlingo. Grip Control is available for the first time, with the driver choosing one of four modes – normal, all-terrain, snow or sand. This advanced anti-skid option optimises traction and adapts to all driving conditions. An optional tyre pressure monitor is also introduced.

Special efforts were made to reduce the model’s CO2emissions with the addition of aerodynamic panels underneath the body and a ‘volt control’ function to optimise battery charge management by the alternator. This has seen Dispatch emissions fall to 177g/km from 182g/km for models powered by the HDi 90 engine and from 179g/km to 168g/km with the HDi 125.

Final UK specification and pricing details for the new Berlingo and Dispatch will be confirmed closer to the 2 April 2012 ‘on sale’ date.

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