You just had to be patient. On October 23, the Stellantis group presented to the press and also to the public its major strategic offensive in the field of utility vehicles. It’s simple, the entire range has been restyled simultaneously. We all say well. At Citroën, the Berlingo, Jumpy and Jumper have been on the operating table. At Fiat, these are the Doblò, Scudo and Ducato. At Opel (and Vauxhall, its British equivalent), these are the Combo, Vivaro and Movano. Finally, at Peugeot, it is the Partner, Expert and Boxer which have been retouched. However, it remained to discover their variants adapted to individual buyers. The Sochaux brand is the very first to release today with the revised and corrected e-Rifter, equivalent for the general public to the e-Partner (the “e” is important, we will come back to this point). A priori, we would be tempted to think that the differences are quite numerous with the old version, but is that really true?
Peugeot’s new stylistic canons
Let’s start with what is most visible, the look. Quite logically, the restyled e-Rifter takes up the latest stylistic gimmicks from the Sochaux manufacturer that the third version of 308 inaugurated upon its release. The front part is transfigured with, on the one hand, the new logo of course of the part, revised headlights with a light signature now composed of three claws or even a perfectly rectangular grille and no longer surrounded by a chrome element. Additional projectors, or even air grilles, the lower part of the shield has also been revised. The newcomer wants to be more aggressive, more dynamic and moves further and further away from the world of utility vehicles.
Surprisingly, Peugeot wanted its e-Rifter to be quite clearly distinguished from the e-Partner. The optics have nothing to do with it, the light signature is more classic, notably with a chrome element in the shape of an upside-down “l” or comma in their center. What is more noticeable is the grille here, full, forming a “V” and equipped with two claws on each side.
At the rear, the modifications are fewer. To recognize it, however, it is rather simple since you just need to notice that the Peugeot logo has completely disappeared from the tailgate. The brand name is always written in full but the font size is much larger.
The dimensions do not change. You will always have the choice between a short version called Standard measuring 4.40 m and another extended version called “e-Rifter Long” allowing up to 7 passengers on board and measuring 4.75 m. In both cases, the space is generous and the trunk volume is giant with 775 liters on the Standard model and 4m3 capacity on the e-Rifter Long.
A revised interior (a little)
Let’s move on to the passenger compartment, which only evolves timidly. Here again, the logo with the lion allows you to identify the new product quite quickly. For the rest, it’s white hat and white hat, or almost. Some of you may notice that the central touchscreen isn’t quite the same. It’s 10″ on all models. Same for the 10″ digital instrumentation generalized on all versions. In terms of equipment, adaptive cruise control is included in the equipment. And that’s about it.
Autonomy in progress but…
Where the e-Rifter evolves the least is on the technical level, and that’s a shame. As its name indicates, it is always powered solely by the electricity fairy. Don’t look for the slightest hybrid or thermal Rifter, it’s a thing of the past. Peugeot could, however, have thought of equipping it with the new hybrid assembly which is gradually being found on all models in the range, in particular to help it regain momentum, sales of which have collapsed since he went all-electric, nope.
You will still have to make do with a single electric motor combo of 136 hp and 270 Nm of torque and a 50 kWh battery. No trace of the new 156 hp engine or the 54 kWh battery. So of course, the Lion brand has managed to improve the autonomy, but with up to 320 km of autonomy (compared to 280 km maximum previously) for a model which is intended to take the road, it is really too tight. And it is not the charging power of 100 kW, currently rather average, which will make the difference. Allow around thirty minutes for a recharge from 0 to 80%. In summary, an evolution in form more than in substance, and it is ultimately the opposite which would have more certainly helped it win back the hearts of buyers…
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To sum up
Just a few weeks after introducing the restyled version of its e-Partner, Peugeot is now unveiling its equivalent for private buyers, the e-Rifter. What changes compared to the one it replaces? Let’s take a closer look at this together.
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