New 2014 Vauxhall Vivaro: full details and pics revealed

18 Mar, 2014 10:00am Steve Walker

Vauxhall has lifted the lid on the new second generation Vauxhall Vivaro panel van with sharp new looks and an new engine range

The new Vauxhall Vivaro has arrived and you could certainly argue that it's about time. The previous generation Vivaro went on sale way back in 2001 and it's taken Vauxhall 13 years to bring a replacement to market. 

Not that the old model was showing its age; sales levels remained buoyant both for the original Vauxhall Vivaro and its Renault Trafic sister vehicle throughout their extended production run, with a total of over 900,000 units finding homes with businesses across Europe.

Times change, however, and now new versions of both the Vivaro and Traffic are here to battle small panel van rivals like the Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes Vito and Ford Transit Custom.

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The Vivaro sits above the Combo compact van and below the Movano large panel van in the Vauxhall light commercial vehicle range. It offers a choice of body styles including the basic panel van, Combi minibus and the halfway house double cab with a second row of seats behind the driver and front passenger.

The panel van comes in 4,998mm and 5,389mm lengths, equating to a substantial 216mm increase model-for-model over its predecessor. Beyond that there are also two roof heights to choose from.   

Vauxhall Vivaro 2014: engines

The engine range is made up of an entry-level 1.6-litre CDTi diesel with either 89 or 113bhp. Buyers seeking more power will gravitate towards the 1.6-litre BiTurbo CDTi diesel which is offered with either 119 or 138bhp power outputs. The BiTurbo unit uses two sequential turbochargers to give improved performance across the rev-range but there are efficiency gains too with Vauxhall predicting economy in the region of 47mpg for the new Vivaro.

Design was a key part of the original Vivaro's popularity and this new model is aiming to maintain a position as one of the most stylish compact panel vans on the market. 

Vauxhall's 'sculptural artistry meets technical precision' design philosophy is in evidence in the sharply contoured flanks with the 'blade' side feature lifted from various Vauxhall passenger cars. The new front end is nothing if not striking, with vast headlight units mounted either side of the van's high, flat nose. LED daytime running lights are included as standard. 

 

As with the original Vivaro, Sportive versions will be offered that upgrade the looks of the van. Additions on the Sportive models include body-coloured bumpers, side mouldings and mirrors plus chrome accents on the grille.   

The standard roof height versions of the new Vauxhall Vivaro are built at Vauxhall's plant in Luton, Bedfordshire. At the plant there's also a specialist conversion centre that will enable Vauxhall to offer a wide range of van conversions based on the Vivaro, all to factory quality standards.    

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Object lesson in how to uglify a perfectly good-looking van.

Oh my giddy lord

Transit sales should bounce back, Vauxhall just scored an own goal. Don't like the nasty sharp pointed corners to doors, and front bonnet edges that look like they will gouge you legs and head, it's just good Engineering basic design practice to round off corners.

Have tried to copy Fords kinetic design at the front, but it ended up like a botched up facelift surgery job. With French Trafic designed electrics it's bound to be good?

Positive point is the use of smaller downsized more fuel efficient engines that return 47 MPG, if you fitted it to an old 85 Bedford CF it probably returned the same MPG.

Doesn't have to look good just do the job it was built for at the right price efficiently.;

"Right Price" LOL

Nissan NV200 is nearly half the price, and it gets the job done.

Agree Job 1 is key for any van. But looks can play a part in sales, hence all the players spend time and money revamping the appearance.

Will this be as good as the latest Transit? I somehow doubt it.

Do they come with a spare gearbox thrown in? That 6 speed effort was badly flawed allowing water in from underneath to corrode a bearing that messed up the gear selection. Appalling design and took them years to even look at remedial action.

The new transit is a rip off of the old Vivaro but all the Ford's reviews seem to ignore the fact that Vivaro was the first and only van to drive like a car. The transit is only groundbreaking compared to the old transit. Interior is exact same layout as Vivaro with sharper lines, there doesn't seem to be innovation in the cabin. Driving position is not as good on the new Transit, the pedals feel awkward yet the old Vivaro's were perfectly placed. The only things I like about the new ford is the looks and the improved economy and perhaps (fingers crossed) more reliable when the miles clock up.

I heard about this van 3 years ago, I doubt they are copying Ford's looks. Design is an evolutionally process throughout all the manufacturers. The original Vivaro was way ahead of it's rivals in looks and comfort though.

agree but i have 3 of these at the minuite and i will not get a new one as your van says a lot about you ! poor cabin, the face looks wrong. renault one better but not much

true did the not bother with the rear much lol

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