NOW under new management, the first fruits of PSA Peugeot Citroen’s influence on Vauxhall are now being seen: the new Combo Life is the result of the first joint venture.
Although what we can see here is a leisure activity vehicle model, whack a bit more metal in and you get a really good idea of what the new Vauxhall Combo replacement will look like.
The Vauxhall shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot Rifter (Partner in the UK) and Citroen Berlingo Multispace and will arrive in showrooms late this year. Like its stablemates is comes with two rear sliding doors and can be ordered as a five or seven seater.
The three individual rear seats all have ISOFIX child seat brackets, and there is an optional panoramic glass roof.
The Combo Life raises the bar for safety and comfort in the segment, fitted with technologies and driver assistance systems that are more commonly seen in the compact or SUV segments, including:
- Driver Drowsiness Alert,
- Rear View Camera with 180° bird’s-eye view,
- Head-up display,
- heated seats and
- heated steering wheel.
Parking manoeuvres are made easier via Advanced Park Assist and a Panoramic Rear-View Camera. The new Flank Guard system supports the driver while turning at low speeds, providing a warning when there is a risk that the side of the vehicle will collide into an obstacle, such as pillars, barriers, walls or other vehicles.
It comprises 12 sensors that analyse the surrounding area and warn the driver though the infotainment screen if a potential collision is detected.
The Combo Life is available as a 4.4-metre standard length version or a longer 4.75-metre long model, with two sliding rear doors as standard. Both variants have a height of 1.8 metres.
The five-seat, standard length version has a minimum luggage volume of 597 litres, while the long wheelbase model has a minimum luggage volume of 850 litres. the Combo Life can also double as a small transporter. With the rear seats folded down, the boot volume of the standard version more than triples to 2,126. The longer version of the Combo Life offers even more capacity when the rear seats are folded down at 2,693 litres.
There will be a variety of turbo-charged, direct injection petrol and diesel engines, all of which combine driving pleasure with a high level of fuel economy. The engines are available with either five or six-speed manual transmissions, or an eight-speed automatic.
According to sources at Vauxhall, the plan for the commercial vehicle is to see photographs of the new model in July, and the Combo van will be available in Vauxhall dealers towards the end of 2018.