The Citroen Berlingo
, manufactured by the French automotive company Citroen
, first rolled off assembly lines in 1996 as a multi-purpose vehicle; according to its specifications, it was intended to transport cargo and people. It was the first of its kind - a novelty in the automotive world - uniting two separate vehicles into one multi-purpose van: the result was a van with the appearance and finish of a high quality car or an extremely spacious and practical car.
The PSA Group introduced the same vehicle as the Peugeot Ranch or Partner
, and both were immediately successful, so much so, that afterwards all the other automotive companies followed suit, with vehicles like the Fiat Doblò
, the Renault Kangoo
and the Opel Combo
, as well as many others.
The original Berlingo was introduced to the market in 1996, and since its unveiling, the Syncro System Group has been providing customized upfits for the versatile vehicle, including floor panels and interior linings, and accessories to protect the body – transforming the Berlingo into a real mobile workshop, perfect for tradesmen, craftsmen, small and large companies and authorities.
On this page, you can see pictures of the Berlingo upfit with racking modules on both the left and right sides of the payload.
We first installed a durable coated 12 mm plywood floor panel, complete with steel anchorage points and protective steel edges along the plywood where the van doors are.
Shelving units were mounted on the left side over an open wheelhouse cover
, complete with a strap-locking system perfect for storing and locking utility cases and tool boxes.
We mounted two forward-sloping shelves
with two portable utility cases
for small parts and fittings, and another two portable utility cases included in a drawer unit fitted with trays specifically designed for them.
Next to the utility cases, we installed a steel drawer unit that holds 12 plastic drawers
. Each drawer may be divided into three compartments, providing orderly storage of up to 36 different types of fittings, fasteners and small parts.
Above the drawer unit we mounted a shelf with non-slip mat and aluminum partitions.
At the top of the module system on each side of the van is a long shelf with metal dividers.
On the side panel of the left side, we mounted a small drawer unit with six clear plastic drawers. They are very handy for storing small parts, fittings and components, easy to see and readily accessible from the back doors of the van.
Both right and left side wheel arch frames are completely open in the front for easy loading of equipment and material. Both are complete with strap and clasp to secure stored cargo in place.
To use as much of the Berlingo's cargo space as possible, we mounted a 26 cm deep shelving and drawer unit
on the right side which is the same width as the wheel arch frame. On the left side, we installed a slightly wider module (31 cm) with two steel drawers. In this way, the cargo floor space in maximized while still providing ample storage for both large and small objects.
Above the drawer units, we mounted another shelf (also 31 cm deep) with dividers. The shelf juts slightly forwards, however, due to the rounded shape of the vehicle. The shelving is complete with two aluminum multi-use side storage pockets.
On this particular upfit, we installed a belt and fastener in an unusual position – on the ceiling of the van just inside the back doors.
The pictures of this Berlingo upfit clearly show how the adaptability of the Syncro modular system makes it possible to tailor each upfit to the exact needs of the customer – 101% personalized while always making use every bit of available cargo space.