Major move forward for Vauxhall’s big-selling Combo
Vauxhall is unveiling the new version of its highly successful Combo panel van, and promising major upgrades.
The van will be available in two wheelbases, two heights, two gross vehicle weights and with four engines.
Vauxhall expects the newcomer to continue the success of its predecessor, saying that it boasts the highest payload (up to 1,000kg with driver), a large load volume (up to 4.2 cubic metres), highest rear axle capacity (1,450kg) and longest wheelbase in its sector.
The van gets a complete new look with a deep steeply raked screen for better visibility, large and practical panoramic mirrors and a wraparound headlight style.
It comes in lengths of 4.39 or 4.74 metres and heights of 1.85 or 2.10 metres. The L1 offers a 3,400-litre load volume, over a load length of 1.82 metres, the L2 4,200 litres over 2.17 metres. Load width is 1.71 metres, while payload choices are 750 or 1,000kg.
A low loading height of 54.5cm with wide-opening doors will make filling the van easier, while on the options list is a roof flap to aid the transport of long items such as ladders or pipes.
The four engines are all diesel units, 1.3 and 1.6CDTi versions each offering 89bhp, a 1.6 with 104bhp and a 2-litre of 134bhp. The 1.3 gets a five-speed manual gearbox, the larger engines six-speeds, while the Tecshift five-speed auto/manual transmission can be specified with 1.6 engines. All engines get start/stop technology unless the Tecshift is fitted.
For the first time two trim levels are offered, standard and Spotive, the latter bringing the Combo in line with other Vauxhall vans. What is claimed to be a more sporty style is combined with extras such as air conditioning, metallic paint, body-colour bumpers and door mirrors, a nearside sliding door, driver seat with height adjustment, armrest and lumbar support and full wheel covers.
Cruise control, parking sensors, automatic climate control and ESP with a hill holder top a full options list.
Words by: Andrew Charman