After building one of the best off-roaders on the market, Peugeot upped their game with the Rifter 4X4 Concept – a camper van designed for off-road adventures complete with LEDs, 4×4 steering, a roof-top tent, and more.
When can we see it?
The new Peugeot concept camper built on the Rifter is set to make it’s worldwide debut in Geneva later on this year. The most significant difference between the two is the 4×4 drive, created by the people at Dangel. The concept also has 2WD (front-wheel drive), 4WD, and 4WD with rear axle lock modes. Power for the van comes from a BlueHDI 130 engine and a six-speed manual.
Is the Rifter a ‘true’ overland camper van?
Well, the concept comes with BFGoodrich all-terrain tires with added ground clearance when you really want to get off the road. The roof features a 100-LED light bar at the front and an Autohome Overland fold-out tent to the back. This makes it ideal for off-road adventures and camping trips. We think that’s a yes!
In terms of style, this is a machine that’s made to be seen. In an attempt to grab as much attention as possible, the black accents and yellow satin dramatically highlight the grey paint of the Rifter. The rear wheels have a diagonal striping pattern, which carries over to the rear windshield.
There’s one more surprise hidden in the concept – a Peugeot eM02 F5 PowerTube electric mountain bike mounted to a rear rack. This full-suspension e-bike offers a new answer to the dirt bike or motorcycle mounted on the back of an off-road motorhome.
The Peugeot Rifter hasn’t left the garage yet, but it’s already heading into the wilderness.
Peugeot says that the bike is the first of a new generation of Lion eBikes, so expect to see the eM02 made with a frame-integrated battery in time. Of course, the bike is also painted to match the colour scheme of the concept.
The Rifter is clearly inspired by SUVs. It comes with rear bumper protection, bigger wheels, and a higher wheel arch and ride height. It is sturdier, straighter, and has more defined angles and lines than the previous generation Partner Tepee.
The interior of the Rifter is versatile, to say the least, coming with either five or seven seats. The trunk offers up to 4,000 litres of storage in all. Two sliding doors enable easier rear access, and the rear seats individually fold with Magic Flat capability for more room. Drivers are kept up-to-date with the goings on of the car with the Peugeot i-Cockpit, including an 8-inch touchscreen with heads up display.
The Rifter is set to come in a range of gas and diesel-powered options, including the 1.2-litre PureTech 110 S&S and 1.5-liter BlueHDI 130 S&S. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual option and an eight-speed auto option.
Peugeot is offering Advanced Grip Control, snow and mud tires, and Hill Assist Descent Control options too. Driver-assistance features such as active lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and an active safety brake are also available.
The Rifter enters the market in September, and it is to be offered in 4.4 and 4.75 meters (or 173-187 inches). We’re excited to see what the Rifter and Rifter Concept will look like when Geneva comes around.