Impressive new Opel Vivaro on the way

With more practical, efficient and appealing technologies than ever before, the impressive new Opel Vivaro is set to arrive in Ireland this September, priced from €21,995.

The Vivaro’s engine portfolio comprises a new 1.6 CDTi with 90hp or 115hp outputs, as well as the sophisticated 1.6 BiTurbo engine with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system giving 120hp or 140hp. This offers reduced fuel consumption from as low as 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions down to 149g/km, giving it best in class fuel economy.

Flexible, multi-purpose and well-equipped, the new Opel Vivaro can be configured to meet just about every light commercial vehicle need.

It is available in four body style variants, two roof heights, and two body lengths which are both 216 millimetres longer than before. The new Vivaro’s total load volume for the panel van is also increased, ranging from 5.2 to 8.6m3. There are three trim levels available, the entry ‘Edition’ level, premium ‘Sportive’ trim and ‘Essentia’ for combi, the passenger Vivaro.

From the market launch, further specific colours will be available for special-use vehicles, ensuring the new Vivaro comes in an outfit that is perfect for every business and commercial need.

“The Vivaro is in a fiercely competitive market, and today’s customers require more from a light commercial vehicle than ever before,” Dave Sheeran, managing director of Opel Ireland, told the Advertiser: “The vehicle must be extremely versatile while also operate as a private people carrier. The new Opel Vivaro range offers the perfect solution to all these needs. It is an important part of our large product offensive and will considerably strengthen our position in the light commercial vehicle segment.”

Opel says striking a balance between performance and running costs is not a problem with the new Vivaro. With the optional flexcargo bulkhead compartment Vivaro can carry loads of up to 4150mm and has the minimum space for 8x4ft sheets and Euro pallets.

The payload capacity for the new Vivaro is 1281kg.

The service interval on Vivaro has also increased from one year to two years or 40,000kms. This helps the overall whole life costs of the Vivaro.

Various other innovations have been introduced including a very useful convex mirror on the passenger visor that avoids blind spots.

New Vivaro models are well-equipped featuring standard items on 'Edition' such as day time running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, aux-in and USB, digital radio, electrically operated front windows and mirrors, six way lumbar support for driver convenience plus plenty of in-cabin storage options.

Meanwhile the second generation combines the functionality of a light commercial vehicle and benefits of an office on wheels with the comfort and design appeal of a passenger car. Its cabin features the optional state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment technology with user-friendly navigation, as well as equipment details which quickly and easily transform it into a mobile office.

With sophisticated chassis control systems and numerous safety functions, the new Vivaro puts its power and performance solidly on the road. In addition to ABS, including electronic brake-force distribution, the driver is supported by emergency brake assist, hill start assistant, electronic stability programme with traction control, and roll over mitigation.

The new Vivaro continues its predecessor’s successful concept of diverse variants and is available as a panel van, combi, crew van, or platform cab, in various configurations including two body lengths (L1: 4,998/L2: 5,398mm ) and two roof heights (H1: 1,968/H2:2,465mm ). This adds 100mm to the cargo bay in both vehicle lengths for 2,500mm (L1 ) and 2,900mm (L2 ), giving sufficient space to carry three Euro palettes stacked next to one another. Easy access to the cargo bay is provided by the rear doors. To transport especially long items, the right-hand door can be fixed open at a 90° angle while the other door is closed independently.

Hatches in the front passenger seat and cabin bulkhead also provide an extended load-through option. Alternatively, in the combi variant with a sliding side door, eight passengers can comfortably travel in three rows of seats.

The cockpit in the new Vivaro is designed to provide a modern, mobile workspace. Customers can choose comfort seats with lumbar support that are adjustable for both length and height. All key functions in the cockpit are now positioned in line of sight and within optimal reach, ensuring exemplary ergonomics.

These include practical details such as the center front seat, which can be quickly and easily transformed into a small desk to hold a laptop.

Work or other everyday items can be stowed in spaces above the infotainment system on the center console, or in a drawer under the front passenger seat with 42 litres of storage volume.

The Vivaro now offers optimum onboard connectivity via Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a seven-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, audio streaming and advanced navigation functions with maps that can be simply updated by USB download. Equipment features such as automatic climate control and a keyless open and start system increase cabin comfort and ease of use.

Watch out for more on the new Opel Vivaro van range before the Irish launch in September.

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