- Load volume up to 4.4m3 and a payload of up to a tonne
- Load space takes two Euro pallets between wheel arches
- Short and long wheelbase, crew van and FlexCargo for longer items
- Driver assistance systems include load indicator and rear view camera
- Latest generation infotainment with colour touchscreen and Apple CarPlay
THE Vauxhall Combo is taking on a new shape and adding bundles of new tech.
Here are first details of the all-new Vauxhall Combo panel van which was revealed today (June 26).
You can order the new Vauxhall Combo from the Autumn; first deliveries will be December.
The new Combo is based on an all-new architecture that is shares with its PSA Group owners (think Partner and Berlingo).
There are three styles of new Combo: short wheelbase, long wheelbase and crew van.
Load volume is up to 4.4cu m and a payload up to a tonne.
If you need to carry longer items such as pipes and ladders, these can be accommodated up to up to 3440mm in length: open the rear swing doors and load through the FlexCargo hatch into the passenger area footwell.
Lots of great new tech
Not only has the Combo’s carrying ability gone up, but you know when you’re carrying at the limit.
New Combo van has a sensor-based load indicator that warns if the van is overloaded.
Once the engine is switched on, a white LED lights up if the weight exceeds 80% of the permitted payload keeping the van safe. If the weight is above the limit, an orange signal with an exclamation mark lights up.
There’s also a Rear View Camera that acts as a “digital” rear view mirror; a second camera in the passenger side door mirror ensures that the driver has an additional blind spot detection aid.
The Flank Guard is sensor-based system that supports the driver while turning at low speeds, providing a warning when there is a risk that the vehicle side will collide with an obstacle. Intelligrip, an electronic traction control system, is also available if you need to take your van over slippery terrain.
The Permanent Rear View Camera shows the area behind the van on the infotainment screen as soon as reverse is selected. There are guidelines to assist reversing. It also displays an area (4m to 30m behind the vehicle) when driving, meaning it can be used as a “digital” rear view mirror.
A second camera fitted in the exterior door mirror on the passenger side further improves the overall view. As soon as the passenger side indicator is activated, the passenger side view is shown on the monitor, resulting in an increase in safety for all road users.
Other useful driver assistance technology is available on the new Combo panel van including:
- Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking
- Lane Keep Assist
- Hill Descent Control
- Intelligent Speed Adaptation
- Automatic Cruise Control
- Driver Drowsiness Alert
- Speed Sign Recognition
The new Vauxhall Combo has smart phone connectivity thanks to either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatible Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi Pro systems.
These are controlled via the eight-inch colour touchscreen. The integrated navigation system of the top-of-range-line unit with European maps and 3D navigation also shows Traffic Messaging Channel updates. These help drivers avoid the worst of the traffic.
If you suffer from poor circulation then worry not. There’s also heated front seats and steering wheel to offer added warmth when the temperature drops.
Derek Wilson, Vauxhall’s LCV Director, commented:
“Vauxhall’s all-new Combo raises the bar in the compact van segment.
“Practical, comfortable and packed with all latest driver assistance and connectivity technology, the new Combo is the small van that meets all your business needs.”
To date there has been no announcement from Vauxhall on engine range or pricing.