The 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, will see the public unveiling of the new Peugeot Rifter, ahead of its worldwide commercial launch this September.
Replacement for the popular Tepee and fully anchored in the premium style of the lion-brand’s latest creations, the new Peugeot Rifter adopts a resolutely innovative silhouette; robust yet sleek, it is solidly built for everyday adventures.
Equipped with the Peugeot i-Cockpit®, it features the latest technological equipment and new-generation efficient engines. Built on a new platform, the new Peugeot Rifter is available in two lengths, with 5 or 7 seats, and combines versatility, modularity and practicality. A unique 4 x 4 concept version of the Peugeot Rifter will also be presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot CEO said: “With the Peugeot Rifter, the brand fully reinvents its offer and achieves the perfect combination of versatility and driving pleasure. Gifted with a strong personality and a chic wanderer look, the new Peugeot Rifter expresses freedom of action.”
The new Peugeot Rifter borrows from the characteristics of the SUV world: a high ride height, large wheels, large door sill, body sill, wheel arches and rear bumper protection. Proportions are perfectly balanced, with a short, horizontal bonnet, a high body belt line and shortened overhangs. The Lion in the centre of the vertical grille, the feline LED signature lighting and three claw marks on the rear lamps, mirror the very latest vehicles in the Peugeot range. The rear features a large tailgate opening onto a spacious boot. An angular designed bumper offers optimal protection. Roof bars are carefully integrated, while notched wheel arch trims add an athletic feel.
The interior design of the new Peugeot Rifter, features the Peugeot i-Cockpit® and is unique on the market. Acclaimed by more than four million customers since its launch on the Peugeot 208, the i-Cockpit® comprises a compact steering wheel, an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen and a head-up display, to offer a stimulating and intuitive driving experience. The cockpit, finely crafted down to the last detail, features elegant chrome-plated switches, directly within reach, to adjust the air conditioning.
The new Peugeot Rifter was designed on the EMP2 platform, known for its dynamic qualities. It delivers a combination of comfort and behaviour on a level never before seen on this segment. The road-holding is ensured by a Pseudo MacPherson front suspension and a rear suspension with a deformable cross beam. To offer a road feel worthy of the brand, the suspensions and steering benefit from specific adjustments.
The high driving position and a turning radius of 10.9m guarantee agility and excellent handling for genuine driving pleasure, whilst the higher ground clearance enables all-terrain driveability. Indeed, the most adventurous drivers can venture off the beaten tracks by opting for the Advanced Grip Control. Associated with MICHELIN LATTITUDE TOUR tyres, the Mud & Snow tyres improve traction control through continuous action on wheel spin. It also works in combination with the Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC), which automatically maintains optimal speed on steep slopes.
Two versions of the 1.2 PureTech petrol engine are available: a PureTech 130ch S&S with an 8-speed automatic gearbox / EAT8 (available in 2019) and a PureTech 110ch S&S with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The PureTech 130 includes a Gasoline Particulate Filter to reduce particle emissions. Three 1.5 BlueHDi diesel engines are available: a BlueHDi 130ch S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic gearbox / EAT8, a BlueHDi 100ch with a 5-speed manual gearbox, also available in S&S very low consumption version and a BlueHDi 75ch with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Diesel engines are all equipped with a particle filter and selective catalytic reduction system. This technology enables emission control upon starting the engine and without requiring a particle filter additive. These engines meet the latest Euro 6.c standard and are already set to meet the future WLTC driving cycle standards.
The list of technological equipment is impressive and unprecedented on this segment, to include, depending on the version, adaptive cruise control, widened recognition of road signs displaying the maximum speed detected and adjusting the speed limiter/cruise control accordingly, active lane departure warning, driver attention warning using camera surveillance, active safety brake, automatic activation of main and dipped headlamps, tow bar stability control, Visiopark 180° reversing camera, blind spot monitoring system, keyless entry and engine start.
A large, 8″ colour touchscreen ensures connectivity. Positioned within arm’s reach, it includes two USB ports, a jack socket, Bluetooth connection and a wireless charger. The system is complemented by Mirror Screen, compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and Connected 3D navigation.
The new Peugeot Rifter offers incredible interior flexibility whether you choose the standard version with 5 seats (4.4m) or the long version with 7 seats (4.75m). The latter adds more length to both the base and overhang for ideal interior space. Sliding side doors enable easy access on board through a large opening, where each of the 3 seats in row 2 can hold a child seat. They can very easily be folded away into the floor from the boot via the “Magic Flat” command (available spring 2019). In the Long version, the 2 individual seats on row 3 can slide or be removed, to adapt to all situations and prioritise either boot volume or leg room for the passengers.
Loading long objects is easy, as the front passenger seat can be folded away into the floor, whilst the boot of the Rifter is cavernous: loading capacity ranges from 775 litres under shelf in the 5-seat, standard length version and up to 4,000 litres under ceiling in the long version with the seats down. The cargo cover tray has two different settings to help manage boot space. It can be put away behind the back of the seats in row 2.
The driver and passengers benefit from a number of spacious, easy-access storage areas. They are spread throughout the interior space, on the centre console, in the front overhead space, in the door panels, on rows 1 and 2, and in the boot. The “Bag In Roof” type front passenger airbag innovatively integrated into the roof cover enables the creation of an enclosed, refrigerated, high-capacity storage space. The maximum storage capacity is unprecedented for this type of vehicle: up to 186 litres depending on the version.
The Zénith® roof features a single-part sunroof concealable via an electric blind. Across it is a floating, semi-transparent arch with storage compartments. This arch can hold up to 14 litres of items. It is directly connected to the roof storage compartment, accessible from row 2 or the boot and to the overhead storage space. Outlined with LED ambient lighting, it enhances the modern feel of the interior.
The new architecture of the door rails now preserves the space inside the passenger compartment by eliminating the bump at the level of the shoulders and features better visual integration.
Unique in this category, the large tailgate still includes an opening rear window. This practical component enables access to the boot without opening the boot lid. This feature is particularly useful to pick up an item left on the tray or when the car is parked near an obstacle.
Manufactured at the Vigo (Spain) and Mangualde (Portugal) factories, the new Peugeot Rifter will go on sale worldwide this September.