Citroën and Peugeot are introducing revised versions of the Dispatch and Expert ranges, including new WLTP-compliant Euro 6.2 engines, enhanced options and a standard-fit connectivity solution.
Starting production in May, the updated models will get the choice of a BlueHDi 100 engine, based on the 1.5-litre Euro 6.2 diesel already widely used in the Citroën car range or a range of 2.0-litre units, based on the previous 2.0-litre Euro 6.1 engines and providing the same power output as before. The range includes the BlueHDi 120 S&S and 150 S&S engines, which like the BlueHDi 100 are combined with a six-speed manual transmission, and the range-topping BlueHDi 180 S&S, which now gets the EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission, instead of the former EAT6. All units are fitted with start and stop (S&S) technology.
The revised models also get new trims previously added to the Berlingo and Partner van ranges late last year. Dubbed ‘Worker’ and ‘Driver’ for the Dispatch and ‘Grip’ and ‘Asphalt’ for the Expert, these introduce a range of either practicality or comfort-focused features and join the models’ existing trims.
Dispatch Worker and Expert Driver equipment will include the Moduwork bulkhead with Load-through flap, dual passenger bench seat with fold-up outer seat and fold-down writing table, ground clearance raised by 20mm, accompanied by a 20mm thick sump guard and enhanced traction modes enabled by introducing Grip Control as standard. Dispatch Worker and Expert Driver models will offer payloads of up to 1,400kg and will be equipped with 17-inch steel wheels with all-season Mud and Snow tyres.
Dispatch Driver and Expert Asphalt equipment brings a focus on increased comfort, including enhanced acoustic and thermal materials, while a range of additional safety and driver assistance options are included as standard equipment. This includes the Safety Pack that incorporates a Lane Departure Warning System, Speed Limit Recognition, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Driver Attention Alert and smart beam headlights. Driver Assist Pack is also included, bringing Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Alert and Active Safety Brake. Other standard equipment for Dispatch Driver includes a seven-inch colour touchscreen, providing Citroën Connect Navigation with DAB radio and voice recognition, in addition to the Park Assist 180° pack that includes front and rear parking sensors with blind spot monitoring and 180° rear view camera.
The Dispatch range is also being updated with the Citroën Connect Box as standard equipment. This provides emergency call and assistance services free of charge 24/7 while also opening up access to a range of connected services on vehicles fitted with Citroën Connect Nav, removing the need for a tethered Smartphone to provide a data connection. Customers can sign up for a three-year free Connect Nav subscription offering live traffic, weather, fuel and parking information.