Citroen Berlingo cargo: the best commercial vehicle of the compact class
The history of the appearance of the cargo Citroen Berlingo
The name of the model in question comes from the French "Berlingot". This was the name of the carriage, which was developed by order of General Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg in the 17th century. It is worth noting the unusual design of the carriage: its cabin was not firmly attached to the chassis, but hung between two "rails" on leather belts, which ensured ease of transportation. It was the unusual appearance of the carriage arriving from Berlin that delighted the inhabitants of Paris and they named the carriage after the city from which it arrived.
The compact van Citroen Berlingo Van of the first generation, which replaced the C15 model, was released in the fall of 1996 and presented at the international exhibition held in Paris.
Over the entire period of the existence of the Citroen Berlingo, its design has undergone minor changes twice: in 2002 and 2004, while almost all the technical characteristics of the model remained unchanged.
The first generation Citroen cargo truck Berlingo was produced on world markets until 2012, but the production of this model in Argentina continues to this day.
Freight Citroen Berlingo of the first generation
Freight Citroen Berlingo of the first generation is a neat two-seater van, which is characterized by the following parameters: length - 413.5 cm, height - 172.5 cm, width - 182 cm. Wheelbase Berlingo - 269.5 cm, and under the "belly" of the van there is a ground clearance of 14 cm. The mass of the first generation Citroen Berlingo in the "stowed" state is approximately 1205-1275 kg (depending on design features) with a maximum permissible payload of 800 kg.
Under the hood of the first modification of the Berlingo van there are four-cylinder power plants:
Gasoline engines with a volume of 1.4-1.6 liters, equipped with a multi-point fuel supply, can generate 75-109 "mares" and 120-147 Nm of torque.
The diesel "team" is represented by engines of 1.6-2.0 liters with turbocharging and direct injection, with a performance of 71-90 horsepower and 125-215 Nm of peak thrust.
All the power of the four-cylinder motor is transmitted to the wheels of the front axle through a five-speed manual gearbox.
Advantages of modern truck models Citroen Berlingo
The body of the modern truck model Berlingo has not undergone major changes. Its main elements are the driver's compartment and the functional rear. Freight Citroen Berlingo of modern modification has additional underbody protection and wide side pads, which, in turn, ensures the safety of the car body and increases its service life.
In addition, a special technology for painting the body has significantly increased its resistance to aggressive factors of various types. That is, even after several years of active use of the mini-van, its appearance remains practically unchanged.
The main advantage of Berlingo is its functionality. Cargo Citroen Berlingo easily turns into a cabinet on wheels. By expanding the back of the central seat, you can get a desk, and in the chair cushion you can equip a place to store various accessories. It is worth noting that the modern model has excellent sound insulation - the acoustic equipment of the Citroen Berlingo is considered the best among similar cars.
The driver's seat of a cargo Berlingo can be confidently called comfortable for long-distance travel. But this is far from the only element that allows the driver to feel comfortable while driving. Citroen Berlingo also features a height-adjustable steering column and a gearshift lever located on the dashboard.
As for the suspension of the truck, it was borrowed by the designers from the Citroen C4 Picasso model. It is also worth noting that the design with the MacPherson struts and the rear torsion beam on the trailing arms in the modern modification of the Citroen Berlingo has remained unchanged. This is due to the absence of complaints about the operation of this scheme - over the years it has confirmed its compliance with all the requirements and requests of motorists. The configuration of the drive has not changed either - the latest version of the car is also equipped with front-wheel drive. This is another important component of a comfortable ride and confidence on the road.
The brakes of the Berlingo truck are powerful and responsive. Please note that ABS is available even for basic vehicle owners. Manufacturers paid special attention to the safety of users: six airbags, an assistant when driving uphill, a separate locking system and fasteners specially designed for transporting loads. This configuration can be called the best in its class without exaggeration.