Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette Revealed

Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette Revealed

Citroën has commenced the sale of a unique Berlingo variant that is specially designed for the most nostalgic individuals. The German wing of the French marque has launched a limited-edition Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette, a fully electric van imbued with the essence of the famed French model that was manufactured in Italy by the Caselani coachbuilder.

In the waning days of the preceding summer, the Italian coachbuilder Fabrizio Caselani astounded the most nostalgic among us, especially those partial to the marque with the dual chevrons, by presenting his newest sensation, the Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette. It is a comprehensive transformation of one of the French marque’s most iconic vans, boasting a design that immediately transports one back to the 1950s.

The metamorphosis is so extensive that one would be unable to discern the underlying Citroën ë-Berlingo model with the unaided eye. Yet, through the judicious use of fiberglass, unflagging perseverance, and an abiding love for the brand that has driven all the Citroën models throughout his life, Caselani has brought a dream to fruition. Only 200 units have been manufactured, and they are now making their way to customers in Germany. Nonetheless, before we divulge any secrets of this extraordinary model based on the old 2CV, let us continue.

The secrets of the Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette

The reimagining of the classic Citroën model, which witnessed a staggering sales figure of 1.25 million units until 1978, left such an indelible impression on the French automaker that it sealed a pact with the Italian coachbuilder in Milan, where it is presently manufactured, to directly present this intriguing rendition to its European clientele. The facsimile is based on the most commercially viable variant of the ë-Berlingo, and is classified by the company in accordance with its size, specifically, the Size M option with a length of 4.40 meters and the size XL with a length of 4.75 meters.

Citroen ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette

A meticulously designed kit, crafted from fiberglass – an exceedingly durable material which Caselani is an expert in employing for boats, facilitates the recreation of the shapes and contours of the 2CV van. However, certain distinctive features such as its circular headlights are not original or salvaged from a scrapyard, but are rather procured from the Jeep Wrangler, while the rear headlights are supplied by Hella, a specialist in replacement parts. The Italian coachbuilder also provides a palette of up to 13 body paints, pastel hues inspired by those utilized in models from the 60s and 70s, as well as custom exterior designs, catering to the individual customer’s preference.

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The Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette goes on sale in Germany

The Citroën Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette boasts a similar mechanical setup to its more contemporary production model, comprising a 110 CV petrol engine, 100 and 130 CV diesel engines, and a fully electric variation furnished with a 100 kW electric motor – corresponding to 136 CV – and equipped with a 50 kWh battery, affording a maximum range of 250 kilometers. Notably, this vehicle presents a roomy interior that can accommodate a hefty 800 kilograms of load and is also capable of towing up to 750 kilograms.

Alas, the chief drawback is the prohibitive cost, which may give pause to prospective buyers considering a direct purchase from authorized dealerships or requesting customization from independent coachbuilders if they already own a Berlingo. The Citroën ë-Berlingo 2CV Fourgonnette commands a staggering price of €46,410 for the combustion models and €58,310 for the electric variant in Germany, with custom transformation costing an exorbitant €20,000.