Looking for unit that functions like a light commercial vehicle but has the comfort and design of a passenger car? Here comes the second generation Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, which bring the carmaker’s “sculptural artistry meets German precision” design philosophy to the light commercial vehicle segment for the first time.
The new Opel Vivaro boasts of an exterior that features a large, prominent grille, unique headlamps and the flowing blade side attribute from the carmaker’s design language. Featuring the characteristic forms of the Opels, passenger car models, the Vivaro has headlamps executed in high-gloss black moldings with embedded chrome accents.
The daytime running lights don the signature Opel wing graphic design and could be availed with LED technology. The Vivaro also features a side design conveying sculptural artistry to the van segment, with the signature Opel blade feature flowing from under the side mirrors back to the rear wheel-arches – in the same manner as those on Insignia and Astra GTC models.
The second generation Vivaro is made to cater to almost every customer need as it features diverse variants and could be availed in different configurations in two overall lengths and two heights as a panel van, Combi, crew van and bus. The new Vivaro is now more functional that its predecessor, because it is almost 22 centimeters longer, thus offering extra room and space.
The new Vivaro could be availed with all-new turbo diesel engines: a 1.6 CDTI and an advanced 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system. The 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI features two turbochargers working hand-in-hand, thus it was able to combine performance with fuel economy. In fact, combined cycle fuel consumption with the new turbo diesel units is now lower by over one liter, and with the BiTurbo to even below 6.0 liters per 100 km, based on preliminary data.
The cockpit of the new Opel Vivaro was intended to deliver a mobile and more contemporary workspace. Customers for example can get the comfort seats with lumber support and that allows for height and length to be adjusted. Further, as a way of displaying excellent ergonomics, all of the key functions that are in the cockpit are positioned in a manner that they allow for optimal reach and within the line of sight.
The interior also shows a number of practical details like the center front seat. This particular seat can be simply and quickly changed to a small desk in order to hold even a laptop. In addition, occupants can stow work, or even the usual everyday items, in spaces on top of the infotainment system that is on the center console. There is even a drawer beneath the front passenger seat that can hold a total storage volume of 42 liters. With Opel’s very own IntelliLink infotainment system, the Vivaro can now offer what can be described as optimum onboard connectivity.
Among others, the system allows for audio streaming, has Bluetooth telephone connectivity, and a 7-inch color display with touchscreen capability. Cutting-edge navigation functions come with maps that can be easily updated through a USB download. Equipment features meanwhile include the Keyless Open & Start system and the automatic climate control, enhancing ease of use and comfort in the cabin.
Well-equipped, multi-purpose, and flexible, these are words that best describe the new Vivaro. Opel formed the Vivaro with the goal of meeting the need of every LCV. This new model continues to follow the successful concept of its predecessors in terms of diverse version. As such, customer can choose between a combi, crew can, panel van, or even a platform cab.
There are even different configurations like two roof heights and a version with overall length of 4,998 mm (L1) or one that measures 5,398 mm (L2). Both lengths though are longer by 216 mm when compared to the previous model. It is safe to say then that the new model can carry loads better. This added length means that the cargo bay gets an extra 100 mm.
Specifically the cargo bay for the L1 is 2,500 mm with that of the L2 measuring 2,900 mm. This amount of space is enough to carry a total of three Euro palettes that are stacked next to each other. For the panel can, Opel also increased the total load volume from 5.2 cubic meters to 8.6 cubic meters. Meanwhile, the addition of rear doors makes it easy to access the cargo bay.
For those who plan to transport clearly long items, it is possible to fix open the right-hand door at a right angle while allowing the other door to be closed independently. The front passenger seat comes with hatches and the cabin bulkhead allows for that extended load-through option. For the Combi version, there is a sliding side door and by having three rows of seats, a total of eight passengers can travel in comfort.