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31 oct 23

Monthly review November 2023: new car and van models

Stay up to speed with Fleet Europe’s Monthly Review featuring new car and van models that will hit your fleet shortlist soon. Last month, a shockwave went through the BEV landscape as Citroën launched a budgetfriendly zero-emission version of its C3 city car. And Stellantis broke important news in the LCV category.

BMW - X2

BMW’s second-generation X2 grows significantly, adopts a genuine coupe style and welcomes an all-electric version, iX2, for the first time (limited to one version at launch). Range from the 64.8kWh pack is at 450 kilometres with a peak charging rate of 130kW. Other drivelines are petrol engines with mild hybrid technology and diesel, but no plug-ins. The interior space is noticeably roomier than its predecessor.

 

CADILLAC - Lyriq

American premium brand Cadillac returns to Europe with an all-electric offensive, spearheaded by the Lyriq on order in Switzerland since October 2023, later followed by dedicated markets. With a length of five metres, this is a rival to the BMW iX with similar pricing, a range of 530 kilometres, and fast charging at 200 kW. The battery pack is 102kW, adding up to a hefty weight of 2.7 tonnes in total.

 

CITROËN - ë-C3

Citroën has cracked the code. When the all-electric and Europe-built ë-C3 hits the market in early 2024, it will cost € 25,000 (or £ 22,000). Undercutting the price of Chinese rivals, Citroën also outpaces Volkswagen (but not Dacia) in the race for democratic electric mobility. Key to the low-cost approach is the cheaper 44kWh LFP battery (lithium-iron-phosphate), which recuperates 20-80% of its energy in 26 minutes. An even more affordable version at € 19,000, with a smaller pack, is on the agenda.

 

SKODA - Kodiaq

True to its badge, the all-new Kodiaq is a Swiss army knife on wheels, leaving a seating choice of five to seven passengers. The high-tech interior features a 10-or 13-inch digital infotainment display but retains rotary controllers for enhanced ergonomics. The debuting plug-in hybrid driveline offers 100 kilometres of zero-emission driving and can be fast-charged during highway journeys (at 50kW). Four-cylinder diesel and petrol are also available.

 

STELLANTIS - small and midsize vans

In a massive overhaul of its commercial range, regrouping all the models from its different brands under the division Pro One, the small vans (Citroën Berlingo, Fiat Doblo, Opel Combo and Peugeot Partner) and medium-sized LCVs (Citroën Jumpy, Fiat Scudo, Opel Vivaro and Peugeot Expert) benefit from a facelift. Looks and equipment are closer in line with the different brands’ DNA. Drivelines remain unchanged, but the electric versions gain a few kilometres of range thanks to a standard heat pump.

 

STELLANTIS - Jumper, Ducato, Movano, Boxer

Stellantis’ range of large vans, including the Citroën Jumper, Fiat Ducato, Opel Movano, and Peugeot Boxer, are revised significantly with a redesigned front end with LED headlights, a new 10-inch connected infotainment system and two all-new zero-emission powertrain options. The electric variants will have a 200kW (272 hp) electric motor and a larger 110kWh battery (previously 79kWh), providing an impressive range of up to 420 km. New in the lineup is the option of a hydrogen fuel cell with an autonomy of up to 500 kilometers.

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Image Source: BMW, Cadillac, Skoda & Stellantis

Authored by: Piet Andries