After the acquisition of Opel by the French PSA Group, the Vauxhall Combo E is no longer based on the Fiat Doblo. It now shares the same platform as the third generation of the Citroen Berlingo and the all-new Peugeot Rifter.
The PSA Group is thus launching three 7 seater Leisure Activity Vehicles, which share the platform and engines. They are marketed since June 2018 and have been delivered from September 2018.
All three models are available in two lengths: 4.40 m and 4.75 m. The third row of seats is available for both lengths ony in the Combo Life. The main difference of the longer versions is, that the seats of the third row can be additionally shifted in length.
But also the qualities of a transporter are enormous. The Combo Life in the XL version carries a maximum load volume of 2,693 liters.
A small clou, shared by the sister models, is the rear window, which opens and folds up separately like in a BMW X5.
Originally, the segment of Leisure Activity Vehicles was founded in 1996 by the Citroen Berlingo, which has sold 1.7 million entities. However, the current models do not have much in common with these type of cars from of the 1990s or early 2000s. In terms of their driving characteristics and comfort today they come close to the compact vans or compact SUVs.
The new PSA LAVs are already equipped as standard with driver assistance systems such as front-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian recognition, Lane Keeping Assist, hill start assist, intelligent cruise control as well as fatigue and traffic sign recognition.
For the three 7-seater LAVs a portfolio of lively and economical petrol and diesel engines is available, all of which comply with the stringent Euro 6d TEMP emission standard. For the first time, emissions are measured on the road and not just in the laboratories.
Modern five and six-speed manual transmissions are available; and, for the first time in the segment of LAVs, an optional low-friction eight-speed automatic transmission can be ordered.
The Peugeot Rifter offers 7 seats only in the XL Version.
Depending on the trim the Rifter comes with the independent Magic Flat® controls located on the boot side trims. They allow you to instantly create a flat floor for easy loading.
The flat floor can also be created with the 2/3-1/3 bench seat or individual seats using the control at the top of the seat back. With the passenger seat folded you can fit objects up to 3m long on the Long version.
New Citroen Berlingo
Same situatio with the New Berlingo. The Citroen Berlingo offers the 7 seats only in the XL version. The XL is 35 cm longer than the M Version. Same as in the Combo Life XL model and long Rifter version, it features a third row of seats that can slide backwards and forwards or can be easily completely removed.
Vauxhall offers 7 seat models for the Combo Life in the XL (4.75 m) as well as the short version (4.40 m). It includes a 35/30/35 split-folding in the second-row seats with fold-flat facility. The two individual seats in the third row can be split folded and removed. The 3rd row seats have a sliding facility only in the XL models.
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