The official designation is cumbersome. The Citroën 2 CV Berlingo Fourgonnette, as it is called in the press release, can now be pre-ordered. It is based on the current Berlingo, Carosserie Caselani turns it into a 2 CV van. With all the risks and side effects for the fans, and under the manufacturer's license. Who will take a very close look at the reactions of the market. The new van with the typical double angle comes in three variants. That makes the selection quite delicate, because each version has its own special charm.
Charm and retro design
Caselani and designer David Obendorfer completely redesigned the base. The fact that the result is convincing and not just any retro contribution speaks for the quality of the work. The effort is considerable, because the front end of the Berlingo has been completely redesigned. The grille, bumpers and wheel arches have been replaced with fiberglass components that incorporate the typical corrugated iron style.
The large double angle in the radiator grille quotes the 2 CV AU, the headlights are inserted backwards in the hood in contrast to the historical model.
Sides, doors and roof also wear the corrugated sheet metal skin made of fiberglass. In contrast to the front end, however, these components sit completely on the Berlingo body. They serve the optics, are a homage to bygone times, but unlike back then they no longer have a function.
On the 2 CV AU, corrugated sheet metal was used to reinforce the body, a feature taken from aircraft construction.
The doors at the rear also quote the original, but the windows are larger than they were then and allow a better view outside. The rear lights deliver charm in perfection. They combine history and modernity, are larger and more powerful than the lights of the 2 CV.
Carosserie Caselani is launching three versions of the Citroën 2 CV Fourgonnette. The decision for customers could be difficult.
Citroën 2 CV Fourgonnette “Panel Van”
The Transporter in the Fourgonnette family is the offer for tradespeople. The 2 CV panel van for 2 passengers and a lot of cargo. What looks so unbelievably like a historic box duck runs with the most modern technology.
The drive is either purely electric, with a 50 kW battery, or with the proven good 130 hp diesel or a 110 hp Puretech petrol engine. The Panel Van is optionally available with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Citroën 2 CV Fourgonnette “Crew Cab Van”
If you have a lot of people to transport, you can go to the 2 CV Crew Cab Van to grab. With a long wheelbase, it offers 6 seats. With commercial registration, it is available as a diesel or petrol engine, analogous to the Panel Van's engine. Of course there is also this version with a purely electric drive.
Incidentally, the raised roof from the second row of seats is pure nostalgia and borrowed from the original Fourgonnette. Like the side parts, it is placed on the Berlingo body and offers no further advantages beyond the optics.
Citroën 2 CV Fourgonnette “Passenger Van”
The 2 CV Fourgonnette is available for pre-order in Italy. It offers a lot of charm and style and will make the streets a little bit more colorful in the future. Retro style meets modern technology from mass production and individuality does not necessarily have to lead to headaches. Any Citroën partner can service the Fourgonnette.
Is there a downside? There is – under certain circumstances. Because what looks so wonderfully like corrugated iron on the outside and could arouse nostalgic feelings meets the unchanged Berlingo look of the 21st century in the interior.
With a lot of technology, great comfort and safety. But also less charm.
With images from Carosserie Caselani