Stellantis axes combustion MPVs for UK-built EV variants

Stellantis cuts electric MPV prices as combustion variants axed

Vauxhall and Citroen have adjusted the pricing of their electric MPV models to lessen the blow of removing more affordable combustion variants from order.  

The brands, part of the automotive group Stellantis, removed all combustion versions of its small van-based MPVs from sale in most of Europe in an effort to speed up the group’s move to all-electric power. 

With the government’s £1500 plug-in vehicle grant (PiVG) applied, the Citroen e-Berlingo will now start from £29,495, while the e-SpaceTourer is now priced from £30,295. 

Vauxhall has slashed pricing by as much as £3000 and the Combo-e Life now starts from £29,610 with the PiVG. The price of the larger Vivaro-e Life begins from £30,295.

Meanwhile, the Peugeot e-Rifter starts from £32,910.

The decision to continue with only electric versions of these vehicles was announced in separate statements by Citroën, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall – which sell the technically idential Berlingo, Partner and Combo MPVs respectively. 

The group’s mid-sized MPVs – the Citroën SpaceTourer, Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Vivaro Life – will also go all-electric in the designated markets. 

This has significant implications for the cost of these models. Prices for the all-electric Citroën ë-Berlingo, for example, start at £29,575, whereas the now-unavailable combustion version could be bought for £22,135. Autocar understands that Citroën will alter its prices to help account for the disparity. The Berlingo’s Peugeot and Vauxhall siblings are similarly affected.

Business customers outside the EU and those in Switzerland and the Balkans will still be able to buy combustion-powered models, Stellantis said, and Fiat, which sells its own variants of the small and mid-sized MPVs, has not issued a statement on the matter. Citroën told Autocar that converter partners – who configure the Berlingo and SpaceTourer for disabled users – will still be able to order the combustion versions.