Citroen is launching the Berlingo Multispace, an all-new version of the UK’s most popular value MPV. This fun new model boasts distinctive design, a spacious and versatile interior and offers exceptional value for money.

Since the original Berlingo Multispace was launched in 1998, it has created and dominated the value MPV sector with over 50,000 sales in the UK. Now, improving upon the credentials of its predecessor, the grown-up new Berlingo Multispace offers the space of an MPV and the creature comforts of a family car at the price of a supermini.

Brimming with clever touches like interior roofbars, a removable storage console, an integrated air-freshener or a dual-function bootlight/torch, the Multispace marries exceptional practicality with intelligent design. At the same time, optional trim levels like the rugged-looking, range-topping XTR, allow customers to personalise their Multispace experience with a choice of bright body finishes coordinated with vivid interior trim colours together with the clever Modutop® storage system.

Based on the running gear of the multi award-winning C4 Picasso, the Multispace delivers an ultra smooth ride and optimum driver comfort with its longer wheelbase. The interior is a bright and spacious environment. A large panoramic windscreen ensures maximum visibility and can be complemented by four glass panels in the roof allowing light to flood into the cabin. The twin sliding rear passenger doors not only provide easy access but also accommodate larger rear windows, making the Multispace an even brighter place to be.

For the comfort of backseat passengers, there can be three independently reclining and removable rear seats. Removing any or all of the seats opens up a vast loadspace for the transportation of long or bulky items. This, plus the generous legroom, foldable central rear seat with a table-top and aircraft-style trays on the seat backs give the Multispace’s rear passengers both comfort and functionality on the move.

With prices starting at just £10,995, the new Berlingo Multispace is an attractive option to buyers looking for exceptional value for money. With improved equipment levels, reassuring safety technology, a wide choice of engines, extensive space and storage, 50mpg economy and low insurance ratings, the new Multispace drives down the cost of ownership whilst increases buyer satisfaction.

The ultra-practical, family-friendly character of the new Multispace makes it equally at home cruising on the open roads or nipping around urban areas. The generous internal space, extensive storage solutions and modular layout design means the Multispace a perfect companion for a wide variety of uses, particularly for active families and individuals alike who regularly require transport for large items like sports equipment.

The clever storage options that made the original Multispace a firm family favourite have been further improved. Passengers can now store even more items in the new model with an extensive range of stowage compartments located throughout the whole car.

The original Multispace’s celebrated design feature, the Modutop® roof, has also been restyled and updated, utilising the height of the Berlingo to maximise the overhead storage space. The Modutop® system consists of front and central overhead compartments, with built-in scented air-freshener, and a dual-opening boot-mounted storage box which can be accessed on the move. There is also a convenient power socket for portable electronic devices. Alternatively, the Multispace can be fitted with internal roof bars for long items such as skis to be transported inside the car eliminating the risk of theft and not impacting on fuel efficiency.

A removable central storage console fitted between the front seats can be used for anything from a toy box to a picnic basket, and also has two convenient cup holders on top. And taking advantage of every opportunity there are additional storage spaces almost everywhere – under the front seats, in the rear footwells, above the rear side doors and even incorporated into the dashboard.

Ideal for transporting large amounts of equipment, the new Multispace features a large load space of 675-litres under the parcel shelf alone (51-litres more than the previous Multispace), which can be increased to a cavernous 3,000-litre volume by taking out the rear seats. When the boot is full, an opening tailgate window can provide easy access to items in the boot or on the parcel shelf. Externally, there is an additional storage option of roof bars, which can be fitted longitudinally or laterally when Modutop® is fitted.

As you can trust from an award-winning manufacturer of family vehicles, safety comes as standard. With its EuroNCAP rating (4-stars for adult and child occupant protection and 2-stars for pedestrian), the new Multispace offers an advanced level of protection for its important cargo. A reinforced body and cabin structure, ABS with EBD & EBA and three Isofix anchor points all come as standard making the Multispace a reassuringly safe place on the move. Offering even more protection, up to six airbags, ESP with Hill Start Assist, a tyre pressure monitor system and automatic door locks for when the vehicle is in motion, are also available.

The new Multispace is offered in a choice of three trim levels – VT, VTR and XTR – and in line with its sophisticated new styling, is available with an impressive range of equipment for the convenience of driver and passengers like Rear Parking sensors, Cruise control with Speed Limiter, Audio System with MP3-CD player, Integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, a dual-function boot-light/torch and even a built-in scented air freshener.

Meeting a range of driver requirements, the new Multispace will be available with a choice of five engines. There will be two petrol units available and three HDi diesel powerplants, with a new to the range, upmarket 110hp 1.6HDi engine for punchy performance and strong economy.

On sale from June 12 2008, prices for the new Berlingo Multispace will start at £10,995 for the entry-level petrol model up to £14,625 for the range-topping 1.6HDi 110hp XTR version. Due to the success of its forerunner, the original Berlingo Multispace will continue to be sold as the lower-cost Berlingo First Multispace.

Xavier Duchemin, Managing Director of Citroen UK commented: “Versatility, practicality and functionality are key requirements in this segment. We at Citroen know this, because we created that market when we launched the first Berlingo Multispace in 1998. It pioneered and led a market, outselling all of its competitors and offered families a vehicle with all the space they wanted, all the safety features they needed and all the practicality they desired.

10 years on and the brand new Berlingo Multispace arrives with a contemporary new look, designed to cater for an even wider range of uses. With more storage options, more versatility and even more comfort, technology, safety and value for money, the new Multispace offers everything and more that today’s consumer desires in this type of vehicle – Citroen’s type of vehicle.”