In 1951 Citroën launched the Fourgonnette AU model of its iconic 2CV, which bought a squared off van rear finish with unbelievable corrugated physique panels that added rigidity. The Fourgonnette was offered till 1987, with over 1.2 million being produced in complete. The closest fashionable equal in Citroën’s lineup is the Berlingo, a extra conventional however nonetheless very quirky compact van. Citroën is now reviving the spirit of the 2CV van with the brand new Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette, an formally licensed retro makeover equipment for the Berlingo.
The brand new Berlingo Fourgonnette is the results of a collaboration between Citroën and the Italian coachbuilder Caselani, and this is not the primary time Caselani has come out with a retro bodykit for a contemporary Citroën van. In 2017 the big Jumper-based Sort H was launched to celebrated the seventieth anniversary of the unique Sort H van, after which in 2020 the Sort HG debuted, based mostly on the smaller Jumpy and Spacetourer fashions. However I believe the brand new Berlingo Fourgonnette is essentially the most profitable (and cute) of the three designs.
Citroën’s designers labored carefully with Caselani’s workforce to ensure the brand new van had the vibe of the unique with out being too actually interpreted. All the new physique panels are constructed from fiberglass and have built-in bolts and clips for attachment onto the body. Massive spherical headlights protrude from the entrance fenders, and the Fourgonnette has a V-shaped hood and a tall grille with an enormous Citroën chevron emblem. The doorways and facet panels are fully new, with a domed roof part giving the impact of the cargo part being separated from the physique like on the unique 2CV. The rear doorways are new too and have cool oval home windows, and the taillights are retro spherical items. Whereas the ribbing on all of the physique panels is only for aptitude on the brand new automobile, it definitely appears wonderful, and the brand new Fourgonnette additionally has a lot of chrome-plated accents that decision again to the unique.
Caselani might be making each 3-seat industrial panel and 5-seat passenger variations of the van, and it is going to be accessible with both diesel, fuel and totally electrical powertrains. The e-Berlingo has a 50-kilowatt-hour battery pack with a variety of about 170 miles, and it may be charged to 80% in half-hour. Order books for the equipment will open firstly of October, with manufacturing to start in January 2023.