Not long ago, we reported that the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall minicar for Europe would be based on the Chevrolet Spark and would carry a base price of around £7,000 (about US $11,790). We assumed this new small car would be called Agila, the same name given to the outgoing small runabout model. However according to a new report from British motoring magazine Autoexpress, the new small car could revive a classic Vauxhall name, Viva.
Vauxhall last used the Viva name in 1979 on the predecessor to the present day Astra hatchback. The arrival of the new Spark-based Viva will mark the first time Vauxhall and sister brand Opel will use different names for their respective small cars. Vauxhall management said they picked the Viva name as they were keen to have a name which meshed well in the UK and reflected on the brand’s heritage.
Even though the Viva will be built in South Korea, Vauxhall’s European design team was allowed to give the car its own unique look to separate it from its platform mates. It will reportedly feature swept back headlights, we presume similar to the Spark’s, and a large Vauxhall badge which Autoexpress says is “sitting on chrome wings”. Inside, more stylish and higher quality plastics will be used, although GM’s IntelliLink infotainment system apparently won’t be making an appearance. This will be a £7,000 car, after all.
Under the hood should be GM’s new line of Ecotec motors, including the 1.0-liter three cylinder SIDI unit which will debut in the Opel Adam. This engine may also be offered in 90 horsepower and 115 horsepower guises, also like in the Adam.
Autoexpress is confident Vauxhall’s new minicar will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, so the new Viva is still a little ways off.