Vauxhall has revealed the look of the new Vivaro, which will be going on sale later in 2019.
The new model will be the second Vauxhall van to be released under the PSA Group’s ownership, following the new Combo at the end of 2018.
As a result of the new partnership, the new Vivaro is no longer going to use the same platform as the Fiat Talento/Nissan NV300/Renault Trafic trio and is now to share the same fundamentals as the mid-sized vans from siblings Peugeot and Citroen.
It is based on the EMP2 platform, which is the one that forms the basis of the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert and several models from the brands’ passenger car range.
The initial images show the Vauxhall Vivaro Life, which is a passenger vehicle that comes with anywhere from four to nine seats. In a hint to the van version, it is offered in two lengths, although the van version is likely to come with a third length. It is only likely to come in the one height if it takes after the Citroen and Peugeot equivalents. It is less than 1.90m high – designed so it can fit under most urban height restrictions.
Payload details have yet to be confirmed, but it is said to be able to take ‘more than one tonne’.
Equipment highlights on the Vivaro Life include electric sliding side doors that can be opened by waving a foot under the vehicle, a Vauxhall telematics system, high-beam assist and a camera and radar system to monitor the area in front of the vehicle.
One major development for Vauxhall will be the addition of an all-electric version of the Vivaro Life. This is set to be launched in early 2021, and Vauxhall is planning to electrify both the passenger and commercial vehicle versions of the Vivaro.
The standard engines are likely to follow a similar pattern to that of the smaller Vauxhall van, the Combo, with a selection of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre units from the PSA stable. It is possible that some of the existing engines will be offered to start off with.
As a result of its new ownership, Vauxhall is planning to revamp a number of its commercial vehicle models, with the Movano also set for an update in the next year or so. Rather than a full replacement, this is set to be a comprehensive facelift for now.