A successor to the Peugeot Partner Tepee has been unveiled today. Turning away from traditional design, the all-new Peugeot Rifter brings versatility and dynamism to the segment. Taking design cues from the award-winning SUV range, the Peugeot Rifter features a short, horizontal bonnet with seamlessly integrated roof bars whilst maintaining the unique, sleek lines that Peugeot has become synonymous with.
Jean-Philippe Imparato, PEUGEOT Chief Executive, said: “With the all-new PEUGEOT Rifter, the brand fully reinvents its presence in this category, and achieves the perfect combination of versatility and driving pleasure by PEUGEOT. Gifted with a strong personality and a ‘chic wanderer’ look, the all-new PEUGEOT Rifter expresses freedom of action.”
Keith Ryder, the PEUGEOT Rifter Design Manager also commented, saying: “The challenge for the all-new PEUGEOT 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.”
Peugeot’s intuitive i-Cockpit design sets the tone inside for an unparalleled driving experience. A plush yet compact steering wheel for optimised grip and improved handling. An 8-inch colour display angled towards the driver and a raised instrument panel is finished with chrome-plated surrounds and elegant red needles. The modern interior also features a high driving position with a turning radius of just 10.9m to ensure next-level agility and a more rewarding drive.
Aside from the revolutionary i-Cockpit, the all-new Rifter also benefits from the latest technological advances and boasts a host of safety and infotainment equipment including lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
Building on Peugeot’s hugely practical modular EMP2 platform, the Rifter adapts to almost any situation and comes in both 5 and 7 seat (available in 2019) option with Standard (4.40m) and Long (4.75m) lengths for each model. Modular features include two sliding side doors, opening rear tailgate window, 3 individual folding rear seat with Magic Flat function for easy loading and increased bootspace. If you’re still short of space the Zénith® roof features numerous storage spaces to pack even more in.
When it comes to choosing which engine, the latest range of Peugeot engines are at your disposal and for an off-road kind of experience, there’s the option of including Advanced Grip Control. Combine this with some weather appropriate tyres and traction control is vastly improved.
Stéphane Peterhansel, Professional Driver with 13 victories in the Rally Riad in the car/motorcycle classes states “Adventure is my life and freedom of movement is my most precious possession! My daily life is an endless exploration of what nature and cities have to offer : skiing, mountain biking, hiking, skateboarding, jet skiing, car/motorcycle racing….And I was lucky enough to try the all-new PEUGEOT Rifter. Its dynamic capabilities, precise driving experience and agility impressed me. I can tell you that it was designed to support me in all circumstances.
Impressed? There’s not too long to wait, the all-new Peugeot Rifter’s order books will open from early Summer 2018.