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.
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.
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.