Stellantis is all about electrification but in some parts of the world where budget-friendly models are vital for automakers, pure ICE is alive and kicking. This is in the case of Peugeot’s latest LCV called the Partner Rapid, which is actually a revised version of the Brazilian-spec Fiat Fiorino.
Let’s start with the fact that the South American Peugeot Partner Rapid is a completely different vehicle from the EU-spec Partner / Rifter. Unlike EMP2-based LCVs that have only recently moved to EVs in Europe and the UK, the “Rapid” prefix brings an aging platform back to Fiat Uno since 2010, although it has received some updates.
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Beneath the bonnet is the latest version of the naturally ambitious 1.4 EVO Flex four-cylinder eight-valve engine. The mill produces 84 hp (61.8 kW) and 116 Nm (85.6 lb-ft) when running on gasoline, or 86 hp (63.2 kW) and 120 Nm (88.5 lb-ft) when running on ethanol. Power is transmitted to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.
More important for LCV buyers is the 650 kg (1,433 lb) cargo capacity and 3.3 cubic meters (116.5 cubic feet) cargo space volume thanks to the rear-end old-school boxy shape. By design, Peugeot Partner Rapid rarely hides its relationship with the Fiat Fiorentina. The two models are identical, in addition to different grills, Peugeot badge and rapid lettering on the side mold.
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The same goes for interiors, where the gorgeous basic dashboard includes a screen-less look. Buyers who want modern luxury like air conditioning, power steering and electric windows should choose Business Pack Trim as entry-level business does not get any of these. In the case of infotainment, the only option is to see an aftermarket specialist since LCV does not even come with a radio.
Peugeot Partner Rapid is already available in Brazil starting at 101,390 Brazilian Real ($ 20,046). That makes it a bit more expensive than the Fiat Fioreno, which starts at 99,990 Brazilian rials ($ 19,795) in the same market. Remember, the family has a third sibling, Ram Promster Rapid, which is reserved for certain markets in South America, such as Mexico.
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