THE new Vauxhall Vivaro will go on sale in summer promising the functionality of a light commercial vehicle with the comfort and design flair of a passenger car.
the new Vivaro promises state-of-the-art technologies and a host of practical, innovative features
As well as dramatically fresh styling, the new Vivaro comes with state-of-the-art technologies and a host of practical, innovative features, both under the bonnet and in the cabin.
The striking exterior changes include a large, prominent grille, headlamps in high-gloss black mouldings with embedded chrome accents, plus daytime running lights with the Vauxhall wing graphic design and crisp LED technology.
The ‘flowing blade’ side feature, which is a strong characteristic of Vauxhall’s ‘family’ styling found in the brand’s passenger car line-up, is also a prominent design element.
Depending on how the van will be used – either as a working van or a large-capacity Combi – buyers can choose between two body design trim levels – Vivaro and Sportive.
The new model will be available in 11 standard colours, with five solid and six two-coat metallic finishes. Further specific colours will be available for special-use vehicles allowing customers to order the van in the ‘ideal outfit’ for each business and commercial need.
Two lengths, two roof heights and more room than before
The new Vauxhall Vivaro is available as a panel van, a Combi, and as a double-cab with various configurations in two overall lengths and two heights.
According to Vauxhall, the new Vivaro is even more suitable for business needs than its predecessor, as both lengths -– 4998 and 5398mm – are 216mm longer than before, whether for cargo or occupants.
Two diesels, four output levels
Power comes from two all-new turbodiesels – a 1.6 CDTi unit, as well as a 1.6 BiTurbo CDTi with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system. This engine, powered by two turbochargers working in tandem, is said to combine excellent performance with outstanding fuel economy.
Combined cycle consumption of 47mpg (preliminary data) with the new turbo diesel units is considerably improved over the previous model’s figures.
All the new Vauxhall Vivaro’s standard roof variants are built at the Luton plant. The plant’s vehicle conversion centre for specialist variants, such as platform cabs, opened in 2009, and is to be expanded allowing ex-works delivery of the new Vauxhall Vivaro in many conversion configurations.
Business Vans will feature more on the new Vauxhall Vivaro’s technologies and flexible interior configurations as soon as details are available.