Vauxhall has revealed its all-new Vivaro van at the CV Show in Birmingham, UK.
Based on the PSA Group's EMP2 modular architecture, the new Vivaro is the former-GM brand's take on the Peugeot Expert, and will be built at the company's facility in Luton – securing 1250 British jobs.
"As the UK’s largest CV manufacturer celebrating its 90th year of van production, we’re proud to present a new Vivaro model that not only has class-leading credentials, but also secures the future of our Luton workforce for many years to come," said Stephen Norman, managing director for the Vauxhall Group.
The company says investment in the new Vivaro's production will increase the Luton plant's annual output to 100,000 units.
Power will come from two versions of a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine at launch, the first making 100PS (73.5kW) and the second making 120PS (88kW).
Vauxhall quotes a fuel consumption rating of 57.6mpg for the more powerful engine, which works out to 4.9L/100km. The company says this figure is 14% better than the 'market leader' – though doesn't specify which van it's referring to.
Two body lengths will be offered (4.95m and 5.3m), with body styles including panel van, double-cab, and platform chassis.
Like the related Peugeot Expert, the Vivaro has a removable bulkhead which can extend the maximum load length on the passenger's side – dubbed 'FlexCargo' in Vauxhall-speak.
Depending on configuration, the Vivaro offers a payload of up to 1489kg.
Pricing in the UK will start at £22,918.33 ($42,586.30), with three trim levels available – Edition, Sportive and Elite.
Standard equipment includes side sliding doors, driver/passenger airbags, along with cruise control.
Extra kit in the Sportive includes body-coloured mirrors, handles and side mouldings, an alarm, automatic headlights and wipers, an acoustic windscreen and thickened side glazing.
Finally, the top-of-the range Elite gets several active safety technologies as standard, including lane departure warning, speed sign recognition, driver attention alert, and blind-spot monitoring.
In 2020, Vauxhall plans to launch an all-electric version of the Vivaro, forming part of its PACE! plan and brand electrification strategy.
The Vauxhall brand hasn't been properly represented in Australia since the 1960s, though some of the company's models like the Astra and Insignia have been or still are available locally badged as Holdens.
Given the Peugeot Expert just launched in Australia, and the local arm's commercial vehicle focus is with its lion brand, don't expect to see the Vauxhall Vivaro here anytime soon.
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