By Stewart Smith on 2018-02-21 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New Peugeot Rifter
PEUGEOT has unveiled the all-new Peugeot Rifter SUV which it says is the successor to the French company's Partner Tepee.
The five or seven-seater has a stylish profile with a short, horizontal bonnet, and seamlessly integrated roof.
Built on Peugeot's modular EMP2 platform, the Rifter launches in five-seat guise with the seven-seater making its debut in 2019 with standard (4.40m) and long (4.75m) lengths available for each.
It comes with a number of modular features including two sliding doors, opening rear tailgate window, three individual folding rear seats with Magic Flat function and a Zenith roof with numerous storage spaces.
The Rifter also benefits from Peugeot's latest technological advances, featuring safety and infotainment equipment including adaptive cruise control, active lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring system and the optional Visiopark 180 degree colour reversing camera.
The platform's design means that the Rifter has one of the most capacious offerings on the market.
According to version, the boot of the Rifter features a loading capacity of 775 litres under shelf, up to 4,000 litres under ceiling storage, and an additional enclosed, refrigerated space capable of storing up to 186 litres.
Rifter is available with the latest range of Peugeot engines, including the award-winning 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox, as well as the 1.5 BlueHDi 130 S&S, with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Keith Ryder, the Peugeot Rifter design manager, said: "The challenge for the all-new Rifter was to offer an appealing vehicle while still meeting the volume, robustness, modularity and compactness requirements.
"The new platform enables perfectly balanced proportion choices. Our designers took full advantage of its potential in order to bring forward a very distinctive stylistic identity on this new silhouette."
The Rifter will be open for orders from early summer 2018 with prices yet to be finalised.
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