Opel pulled the wraps off of its brand-new Vivaro commercial van last month ahead of its official on-sale date this summer. The existing Vivaro currently accounts for around ten percent of sales in its segment, making it the top performer in Opel’s light commercial vehicle portfolio. Now, the second generation Vivaro is set to continue building on the success and practicality of the outgoing model.
Opel says the new Vivaro has everything a commercial vehicle needs to succeed. It all starts with the engines, which include two all-new turbo diesel units with a choice of four output levels. The engine portfolio comprises a 1.6-liter CDTI engine with 90 horsepower or 115 horsepower, as well as the more sophisticated 1.6-liter BiTurbo CDTI unit making 120 horsepower or 140 horsepower. Opel claims the new engine’s fuel consumption decreases by over one liter on the combined cycle, with the BiTurbo’s dipping to as low as 5.7-liters per 100 km (41 MPG).
The new Vivaro continues its predecessor’s concept of convenience and is available as a panel van, Combi, crew van or platform cab in various configurations including two different body lengths and two roof heights. The total load volume for the panel van has also been increased, now ranging from 5.2 to 8.6 m3.
The functionality continues in the Vivaro’s cab. Customers are now able to choose comfort seats with lumbar supports that are adjustable for both length and height, while key functions in the cockpit are now positioned in the driver’s line of sight and within optimal reach, Opel says. The center front seat can be quickly and easily transformed into a small desk to hold a laptop, while items can be stored in spaces above the infotainment system in the center console, or in a 42-liter drawer under the passenger seat.
Opel also brought the Vivaro into the 21st century with the addition of Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming and advanced navigation functions with downloadable maps. Equipment features such as automatic climate control and a keyless open and start system round off the cabin’s technical touches.
Opel hopes to attract new customer groups to the brand with the re-styled and more convenient Vivaro. It will arrive in Opel dealerships all over Europe this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.