Citroën Evasion Synergie First generation
|Also called||Citroën Evasion (Synergie) Fiat Ulysse Lancia Zeta Peugeot 806|
|Platform||Sevel Nord van|
The Eurovans are a family of large MPVs from the Citroën, Peugeot, Fiat and Lancia badges, built by Sevel at Sevel Nord factory. It was launched in March 1994. Production ceased in November 2010 for Fiat Ulysse and Lancia Phedra, but not for PSA Group siblings.
The Eurovans differ little technically and visually, being a prime example of badge engineering. The Eurovans share mechanicals and body structure with the Sevel light commercial vans: Citroën Jumpy (Dispatch), Fiat Scudo and Peugeot Expert.
The first generation Eurovans were introduced in 1994. They are smaller than American vans, like the Chrysler Voyager, which is also available in Europe. In contrast to the Toyota Previa and like American minivans they had sliding rear side doors, a trait they share with their commercial siblings. In spite of the fact that the Voyager also came in the "Grand" versions with elongated body and wheelbase (and the Espace followed suit in 1997), the Eurovans only came in one size.
The Eurovans were almost identical, the differences consisting in different grilles, lower tailgates/taillights, wheel covers/alloy wheels and exterior and interior badging, as well as different trim levels. In October 1998, the Eurovans were mildly facelifted.
|Fuel Capacity||80 litres|
Inside, the gear lever was mounted on the dashboard rather than on the floor, and the handbrake is on the door side of the driver's seat, which allowed for the elimination of central console and opened up a passage between the front seats. The seating configurations included two fixed seats in front and three individual removable seats in the middle row, along with optional two individual removable seats or a three-seater bench in the third row.
The first-generation Eurovans utilized PSA's XU/XUD engines, regardless of brand. They were later replaced by the PSA EW/DW engine. All were mated to 5-speed manual transmissions, except for the 2.0 16v EW petroleum engine, which had an option of a 4-speed automatic.
|1.8 8v||Petrol||1,761 cc (1.761 L; 107.5 cu in)||99 PS (73 kW; 98 hp) @5750 rpm||147 N·m (108 lb·ft) @2600 rpm||XU7||Not available for Lancia Zeta, phased out in 2000|
|2.0 8v||Petrol||1,998 cc (1.998 L; 121.9 cu in)||121 PS (89 kW; 119 hp) @5750 rpm||170 N·m (130 lb·ft) @2650 rpm||XU10 2C||Not available for Lancia Zeta, phased out in 2000|
|2.0 16v||Petrol||1,998 cc (1.998 L; 121.9 cu in)||132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp) @5500 rpm||180 N·m (130 lb·ft) @4200 rpm||XU10 J4||Phased out in 2000|
|2.0 16v||Petrol||1,997 cc (1.997 L; 121.9 cu in)||136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @6000 rpm||190 N·m (140 lb·ft) @4100 rpm||EW10 J4||Optional automatic transmission; replaced all previous petroleum engines in July 2000|
|2.0 8v Turbo||Petrol||1,998 cc (1.998 L; 121.9 cu in)||147 PS (108 kW; 145 hp) @5300 rpm||235 N·m (173 lb·ft) @2500 rpm||XU10 J2TE||Phased out in 2000|
|1.9 8v TD||Diesel||1,905 cc (1.905 L; 116.3 cu in)||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @4000 rpm||196 N·m (145 lb·ft) @2250 rpm||XUD9||Phased out in 2000, not available for Lancia Zeta|
|2.1 12v TD||Diesel||2,088 cc (2.088 L; 127.4 cu in)||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) @4300 rpm||250 N·m (180 lb·ft) @2000 rpm||XUD11||Phased out in 2000|
|2.0 8v HDi/JTD||Diesel||1,997 cc (1.997 L; 121.9 cu in)||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) @4000 rpm||250 N·m (180 lb·ft) @1750 rpm||DW10AETD||PSA's new HDI engine, billed JTD by Fiat in spite of that; introduced in January 2000 to replace both previous diesels|
|2.0 16v HDi/JTD||Diesel||1,997 cc (1.997 L; 121.9 cu in)||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) @4000 rpm||270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1750 rpm||DW10AETD4||16-valve version of previous engine, introduced in 2001|
The Evasion was badged Synergie in the right hand drive markets of both the United Kingdom and Ireland, presumably due to the existence of the English word "evasion" which is pronounced differently from the French and has different connotations (the word means 'getting away from it all' in French but 'escaping' or 'avoiding' (esp. by subterfuge) in English). However, the car retained the Evasion name in New Zealand. In 1998 the Citroën Evasion received a slight facelift including a larger logo and a restyling of the front grille and rear bumper.