Stellantis has recently embarked on a modernization of its commercial vehicles, including the Peugeot e-Partner compact electric van. Now the French brand also presents the modernization of its personal version of the e-Rifter, which will offer a more distinctive appearance and slightly improved technology ensuring a new range of up to 320 kilometers.
But let’s start traditionally with the exterior, which after modernization will take the lead with new LED headlights, whose trio of distinctive daylight diodes on a black background is supposed to create the illusion of claws. The front closed radiator grille has also been redesigned, and the front bumper has also undergone a transformation.
Just like before the modernization, the new e-Rifter also relies on the style of cars in the SUV segment, which is evident in the significant plasticizing of the sills and fenders and the higher ground clearance. In addition, the exterior can be decorated with two new colors – Sirkka Green and Kiama Blue.
The model is still available in two lengths, i.e. 4.4 and 4.7 meters, with both body styles offering up to three rows of seats, sliding doors on both sides and a hinged rear door including an independently opening rear window.
Although the automaker did not show the cabin, it should offer a new i-Cockpit dashboard with a 10-inch infotainment screen and a 10-inch digital instrument panel screen. The steering wheel should have a new design, it will be upholstered in leather and it will also have heating, but it will still have small dimensions.
The cabin should also offer new light gray seat upholstery, a wireless phone charger and 3 USB charging slots. The driver can then look forward to the help of 18 assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control or parking assistant, which works with improved sensors and a high-resolution camera.
The car stands on the EMP2 platform and works with the original E-Rifter technology, which means a combination of a 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor with a maximum torque of 270 Nm, turning the front wheels, and a battery with a capacity of 50 kWh. The E-Rifter thus still sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.2 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 135 km/h.
However, thanks to an improved regenerative braking system and the addition of a heat pump, it was possible to increase the efficiency of the entire system, which should now offer a range of up to 320 kilometers per charge, while the original model only offered 280 kilometers.
The car is equipped with a 7.4 kW on-board charger as standard, but an 11 kW charger will also be available as an option, thanks to which it will be possible to charge the car from the wall box in five hours. However, fast charging is also supported at a power of up to 100 kW, thanks to which the battery can be charged from 0 to 80% in 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, the automaker does not yet mention the version with an internal combustion engine, which is currently only available in the Czech Republic in the N1 version. However, we do not yet know the prices or the expected date of entry of the modernized version into the Czech market.
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