Peugeot renews the E-Rifter family van

The new Rifter is spelt with a capital “E”, in contrast to the first-generation e-Rifter, which can currently still be ordered on its own. What else has changed?

The drivetrain remains the same with the 100 kW engine and the 50 kWh (gross) battery. This means that the usual drive from the Stellantis-Nidec cooperation is not installed. However, a more efficient design now enables a range of up to 320 kilometres according to WLTP (not yet finally homologated), an increase of 60 km. This is also achieved through the use of a heat pump and a three-stage recuperation setting, the stages are controlled by paddle shifters behind the volant. The torque is 270 Nm and thus corresponds to the “Nidec version”. In Germany, the van now has an 11 kW charger on board, the DC charging capacity is 100 kW and the top speed is 135 km/h.

The exterior appearance has become more modern, in particular the new front with the three-claw light elements and the new Peugeot logo. The Sirkka green and Kiama blue colour scheme reinforces the striking style of the vehicle, according to Peugeot.

There are also new features inside the vehicle, such as a 10-inch touchscreen in the centre to control the navigation and audio system, as well as a digital instrument cluster above the steering wheel. Light colours on the seats and trim are intended to “brighten up” the overall impression. The Rifter gets the new smaller steering wheel, which is covered in leather and can be heated.

The E-Rifter has 18 driver assistance systems plus automatic cruise control. The parking assistance system has been brought up to date with 12 sensors at the front and rear and a reversing camera with a 180-degree view of the surroundings.

The Peugeot infotainment systems PEUGEOT i-Connect® and PEUGEOT i-Connect® Advanced offer all essential control functions, while the advanced version also offers 3D navigation guidance based on Tom-Tom data. There is also an inductive charging station for smartphones and USB sockets as well as a 230 volt socket. The Free2Move charging function enables easy access to 560,000 charging stations in Europe. With a smartphone and the corresponding MyPeugeot app, extended services are available such as a car park search function and a number of remote applications.

The van will be available from spring 2024 in two lengths, 4.40 and 4.70 metres, with seven seats available as an option in the longer version. The second row of seats consists of three individually folding single seats. Depending on the equipment, the storage space ranges from 775 litres to 4000 litres. The large tailgate allows the windscreen to be opened separately. As usual, the most favourable equipment level is called Allure.

Peugeot has not yet announced a price for the new E-Rifter.

Text: Werner Köstle
Image: Stellantis/Peugeot

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