“The second generation Vauxhall Vivaro distinguishes itself with its superb practicality and quality. After 13 successful years on the market, we wanted to make the new Vivaro’s packaging even more attractive while raising the standard of its core capabilities,” says Mark Adams, Vauxhall Design Vice President. “The new Vivaro showcases Sculptural Artistry and technical precision with sweeping sculptural design accents, bold proportions and premium accents. This gives it a sharpened and more refined character, making it the ideal mobile business card.”
I think it’s the latter.
With the new Vauxhall Vivaro, Vauxhall have tried (and succeeded) in giving the van driver all the functionality of what is basically a light commercial vehicle, but adding in all the comfort and design flair that you would get with a passenger car. They believe that this has created the ‘wow’ factor in a van that will be arriving on the forecourts later this year complete with Vauxhall’s award-winning ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision’ design philosophy - something that the light commercial vehicle segment has yet to see until now!
Right from the outset, you can see that something has happened to the Vauxhall Vivaro with the exterior complete with large, prominent grille, distinctive headlamps and lowing blade side feature that is now an integral part of Vauxhall’s multi-award-winning design language, all combining to give a new, modern and stylish look as it starts to take in many of the characteristics it has gleaned from Vauxhall passenger models.
When it comes to lighting up the way ahead ( a direction that the Vauxhall Vivaro is certainly heading in) the headlamps set in high-gloss black mouldings with embedded chrome accents house daytime running lights that come with modern, crisp LED technology, adding to the look and enhancing the elegance of the Vivaro with a clean and vibrant look. Even from the side, Vauxhall have given what they like to call “sculptural artistry from front to back.
When it comes to what the Vivaro van’s use will be – from robust to a comfortable large-capacity combi – and whether the first trim level Vivaro variant is picked with its strength and practicality, front bumper, grille, side mirror housings and vertical rear mouldings all encased in a durable, black textured plastic material, or the Sportive trim level where all body elements including the front bumper, side mouldings, vertical rear bumper corners and the side mirrors match the colour of the Vivaro’s bodywork, you can rest assured that the job will get done. And whichever of the 11 (YES! ELEVEN) standard colours that are selected from the new Vivaro colour palette (five solid and six two-coat metallic finishes), you can be sure that the van is in the perfect suit for every business and commercial need that requires its services.
As we’ve already said, whatever the job there’s usually a Vivaro for it, and the practical side of the Vauxhall Vivaro has been created with a variety of configurations in two overall lengths and two heights as a panel van, Combi and double cab – with both lengths being longer (by 216mm) than the Vivaro’s successor, making it even more suitable for transport needs for both occupants and cargo.
The new Vivaro has also been equipped with modern powertrain technology in the shape of two all-new turbo diesel engines: a 1.6 CDTi, and an advanced 1.6 BiTurbo CDTi with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system. Both give excellent performance and the highly required high fuel economy (47mpg on the combined cycle) – a considerable improvement from previous, making the new Vauxhall Vivaro one of the top performers in its class.
We are promised more details when it comes to the new Vauxhall Vivaro’s state-of-the-art technologies and interior specifications, but I think there’s enough there to whet the appetite, don’t you think?