All New Peugeot Rifter Revealed

Peugeot gets a new lease of life in the LAV segment with the introduction of the All-New Rifter. It has been revealed ahead of it's debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

It will replace the Partner Tepee as Peugeot’s leisure activity vehicle (LAV) and is based on a modified version of PSA’s EMP2 platform. It lines up alongside the new Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Vauxhall Combo Life, to complete a trio of van-based MPVs from the newly-formed alliance.

Similar to these other vans, the Rifter is an exercise in badge engineering, sharing the same underpinnings and overall form. Peugeot’s latest family face distinguishes it from the rest of the pack, however, sportier looking GT-Line models will be available too. In addition, Peugeot bosses also revealed a 4X4 Concept version, although there is no word on whether it will make production.

Like its 2 siblings, the Rifter will be available in two sizes. A ‘Standard’ wheelbase van sizes up at 4.4 metres long and the long-wheelbase ‘Long’ model stretching out to 4.75 metres. The Rifter comes with 5 seats as standard with the seven-seat models arriving to market next year. Shorter models will encompass 775 litres of boot space with five seats in place, while cargo room in the Long model boasts up to 1,050 litres.

Under the bonnet will be a familiar spread of 1.2-litre PureTech petrol options, as well as PSA’s 1.5-litre Blue HDi four-cylinder diesel. The PureTech unit will be available with either 108bhp or 128bhp, with the latter gaining an automatic gearbox.

The 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel will be available in two states of tune – a 74bhp entry-level version alongside a 128bhp unit. They both come with a manual gearbox as standard and an automatic gearbox will be made available on the 128bhp diesel. Optional drivetrain enhancements include Peugeot Advanced Grip Control for off-road surfaces, while hill descent control is also available.

In the cabin the overall dashboard and interior layout offers a new, smarter design with wide horizontal air vents, a wide central bin beneath the gearstick, and a tablet infotainment screen on top range models. Two great features that separate the Peugeot from the rest are a trademark, small steering wheel which sits ahead of an i-Cockpit style instrument panel.

Peugeot also revealed a more rugged version called the Rifter 4X4 Concept. Said to be "built for adventure on all types of terrain", the 4X4 Concept comes with all-wheel drive, specific off-road tyres and 80mm of extra ground clearance. On the roof there's an Overland tent, while an electric bicycle is mounted on the back. However this is only a concept car for now and there is no hint as to whether the 4X4 will make production at a later date.