The trio will be built at PSA's Spain and Portugal facilities.
While Ford and Mercedes-Benz have both dished out new versions of their own utility vans in past few weeks, Group PSA – or Peugeot Société Anonyme– is teasing its own trio of vans. The so-called "leader of the leisure activity vehicle segment in Europe," the French marque has released a single teaser image showing its upcoming new Peugeot, Citroën, and Opel/Vauxhal minivans, set for debut in just a few days.
The new Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo, and Opel/Vauxhall Combo vans will ride on the same streamlined new EMP2 platform. Each will be built at either PSA's Vigo, Spain, or Manguaide, Portugal facilities. The platform, Peugeot hopes, will increase efficiency, respond to the needs of the customer, and also be able to accommodate a range of new powertrains and driver assistance equipment.
According to PSA, the new vans will come with "the most sophisticated features" in the segment, and that they will all be at the top of their class in terms of equipment. Each will be available in two lengths, either a five- or seven-seat version, while the exteriors of each will feature short hoods, compact bodies, and styling cues specific to each brand.
Those same styling cues found on the exterior will also carry over to the cabin. Each vehicle will come with a number of signature design elements specific to the brand in which they represent, but with the same safety features and powertrain options available throughout the platform.
"With this competitive new lineup, we are offering our individual customers a new generation of LAVs that will stand out in terms of style and features," said Olivier Bourges, Executive Vice President of Programs and Strategy's. "Also a concrete illustration of our Push to Pass plan: on a single platform, we are presenting very distinct models that perfectly embody the DNA of each of our brands."
Production of the trio will begin in just a few weeks, with orders taking place as early as May. Deliveries will begin in September towards the end of the year.
Forerunner and historical leader of the leisure activity vehicle (LAV) segment in Europe, Groupe PSA intends to consolidate its leadership by giving its line-up a new dimension with three latest-generation models designed for very different brand environments.
The new line-up stems from a single development programme aimed at increasing the efficiency of investments and resources devoted to vehicle development, in response to customer needs and usage patterns.
An innovative platform has been developed for the new vehicles, to ensure that they set the benchmark for the LAV segment in terms of efficiency, manoeuvrability, comfort and safety.
Developed based on the EMP2 platform, the new models will accommodate the latest generation of powertrains and driver assistance equipment. The new vehicle line-up will provide LAV customers with the most sophisticated features available, meeting the highest standards on the market in terms of liveability, modularity and boot volume. To cover all the needs of LAV customers, the vehicles will come in two lengths, each available in 5- and 7 seater versions.
The exterior design of the new LAVs is characterised by lines in balanced and dynamic proportions thanks to a high and short bonnet offering modernity, compactness, robustness and safety, while integrating the stylistic qualities specific to each brand.
Each vehicle also stands out by virtue of an interior design that fits into the universe of its brand.
The new vehicles will be unveiled by their respective brands in the days ahead.
The four brands’ models will be produced at the Vigo (Spain) and Mangualde (Portugal) facilities. To meet the sales ambitions set for the new line-up, a fourth team in Vigo and a third in Mangualde will be created in the coming months. The two plants in the Iberian Industrial Division, which meet Groupe PSA’s highest standards in terms of performance, have made profound changes to accommodate the new models.
Industrial innovations ranging from automatic storage on press lines to geometric quality control using artificial vision, collaborative robots (cobots) and the Full Kitting system with distribution via self-guided vehicles (SGVs) will bring both sites firmly into the “Factory 4.0” era.
Utility versions of the passenger vehicles will be rolled out in a few months.
To mark the occasion, Olivier Bourges, Executive Vice President, Programmes & Strategy, said:“With this competitive new line-up, we are offering our individual customers a new generation of LAVs that will stand out in terms of style and features. It’s also a concrete illustration of our Push to Pass plan: on a single platform, we are presenting very distinct models that perfectly embody the DNA of each of our brands.”