Stellantis is all about electrification, but in some parts of the world budget models are vital to automakers, pure ICE is alive and well. This is the case with Peugeot’s latest LCV called Partner Rapid, which is actually a redesigned version Fiat Fiorino Brazilian specification.
Let’s start with the clarification that the South American Peugeot Partner Rapid is a completely different car than in the EU specification. Partner / Rifter. Unlike the EMP2-based LCV, which recently disappeared For EV only in Europe and the UK, the Rapid is an obsolete platform dating back to the Fiat Uno since 2010, although it has since received some upgrades.
Under the hood is the latest version of the 1.4 EVO Flex four-cylinder 8-valve engine. The mill produces 84 liters. s. (61.8 kW) and 116 Nm (85.6 lb-ft) when running on petrol or up to 86 hp. s. (63.2 kW) and 120 Nm (88.5 lb-ft) of torque when running on ethanol. Power is transmitted to the front axle via a five-speed manual transmission.
More importantly for LCV buyers, it has a payload of 650 kg (1433 lbs) and a cargo compartment volume of 3.3 cubic meters (116.5 cubic feet) thanks to the old box shape of the rear. In terms of design, Peugeot Partner Rapid has little to do with the Fiat Fiorino. Both models are identical, except for the different radiator grille, Peugeot badges and Rapid inscriptions on the side skirts.
The same goes for interiors, where a fairly simple dashboard looks without a screen. Buyers who want to have modern luxury items such as air conditioning, power steering and electric windows should choose the Business Pack finish as the entry-level business gets none of that. As for infotainment technology, the only option is to visit a reseller as the LCV doesn’t even come with a radio.
The Peugeot Partner Rapid is already available in Brazil at a price of 101,390 Brazilian reals ($ 20,046). This makes it a bit more expensive than the Fiat Fiorino, which starts at 99,990 Brazilian reals ($ 19,795) in the same market. Keep in mind that the family has a third sibling, the Ram ProMaster Rapid, which is reserved for certain markets in South America, such as Mexico.
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