Where there's smoke, there's fire. And while most wouldn't think of a miniscule European van as hot, PSA's Peugeot brand has its day in the sun with its new Partner vans, unveiled together with its sister-company Citroen's new Berlingo.
The new Partner is virtually identical to its partner, the Berlingo, but is distinguished by some unique features and sheetmetal. The passenger version is labeled the Partner Tepee and gets a multi-function roof called "Zenith". It's also available with a pseudo-off-road package called the Partner Tepee Outdoor. The outgoing version, on the market since 1996, continues on as the entry-level Partner Origin (like the Berlingo First). And, of course, there's a utilitarian version set up for light commercial use with a 1.8-meter long cargo floor that can be extended to 3 meters by dropping the Multi-Flex passenger seats, which gives the Partner LCV an additional 400 liters (14 cubic feet) of cargo space on top of the 3,300-liter (116 cubic-foot) conventional capacity.
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Peugeot Announce The New Peugeot Partner and Partner Tepee
Launched in 1996, the Peugeot Partner has been extremely successful in both its small van and MPV versions, with regular year on year increases in global sales over the past eleven years. Capitalising on the success of the first generation Peugeot Partner, Peugeot will launch a new version of the Partner in the second part of 2008.
With the launch of the new Partner, the first generation Partner model will, however, continue to be sold in certain countries with a reduced range of models and will be known as the Partner Origin.
The new Peugeot Partner: professional efficiency down to the last detail
With a refreshing and dynamic style which is perfectly adapted to the demands of its professional customer base, both with regards to quality, durability and efficiency, the new Partner is the perfect working companion due to its versatility and value for money. In terms of practicality, the new Partner has a maximum load capacity which will be a new reference point in the small van segment. With a length of 4.38m the new Partner has a load volume of 3.3m3 and a maximum payload of up to 850kg. The load area length of 1.8m can also be extended to 3m thanks to the new innovative Multi-Flex passenger seat, giving 400 litres of additional load space. This innovative feature allows three people to sit in the front which is the first time this option has been available in the small van segment.
Thanks to the use of the Peugeot 308 power train, the new Partner benefits from improved acoustic comfort, combined with an ergonomic driving position and excellent visibility. This all combines to give the new Partner a level of quality which will symbolise this new generation of small vans.
The new Partner puts the finishing touches to the complete enhancement and renewal of the Peugeot range of light commercial vehicles. The new and extended range which is even more innovative, offers a range of vehicles from 2.5m3 to 17m3 , consisting of the Bipper, Partner Origin, new Partner, Expert and Boxer.
Peugeot Partner Tepee: the MPV that lets you enjoy the freedom of the open road
The new Partner Tepee MPV represents the next generation of a concept invented by Peugeot in 1996. The Partner Tepee is a multi-usage vehicle which is practical and which has a modern and original style both, on the inside and the outside. Its modular styling will appeal to customers requiring space and versatility. Most notably, it has a new Zenith multi-purpose roof providing even more light into the passenger compartment, three individual folding rear seats, greater interior space and driving qualities worthy of a modern hatchback car. Adventure seekers, however, will also love its all-terrain capabilities and the personalised design of the Partner Tepee Outdoor.