New Vauxhall Combo on the way

  • Available with two wheelbases and two heights
  • Four engines on offer including ecoFLEX version
  • Deliveries begin Feb 2012 starting at £14,703 (exc VAT)

Vauxhall has announced details of the all-new Combo van set to arrive in the UK early next year.

The latest version of the popular van is available with two wheelbases, two heights and two gross vehicle weights (2,000kg and 2,300kg).

There are four engines set to be offered in the latest version. There is a 1.3-litre CDTi and 1.6-litre CDTi both with 89bhp, a 1.6-litre CDTi producing 104bhp and finally a 2.0-litre CDTi providing 133bhp. The 1.3-litre model comes with a five speed-manual gearbox while the more powerful models a fitted with a six-speed manual ‘box. The 1.6-litre is also offered with a five-speed automatic.

All models are available with stop/start, except the automatic version, which will lower emissions and improve economy. There are also ecoFLEX models on offer which should be even cleaner and more frugal.

The manufacturer claims the new combo is a ‘commercial vehicle without compromise.’ Buyers can choose between a 4.39m or 4.74m long wheelbase, two heights of 1.85m and 2.10m while load volume is either 3,400 litres or 4,200 litres. There are two different load weights of 750kg or 1,000kg.

Buyers can opt for a standard Combo model or a Sportive version. The Combo model gets remote central locking, full-steel bulkhead, trip computer, electric power steering, driver’s airbag, ABS, CD/radio and a 12-volt power outlet in the dash as standard. Sportive models add air con, metallic paint, body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors, nearside sliding door, driver seat with height adjustment, armrest and lumbar support and full wheel covers.

There are plenty of options to choose from including cruise control, rear parking distance sensors, automatic climate control and ESP with hill holder.

Front passenger’s airbag and/or side-impact airbags, glazed rear doors or tailgate, longitudinal roof bars and winter tyres are also available.

A choice of three option packs is also available. Load compartment pack includes overhead storage shelf in the cabin, PVC lining for the loading compartment floor, rear auxiliary power outlet and a removable courtesy light.  Winter pack consists of headlamp wash, fog lights, external temperature sensor and electric adjustable door mirrors. Driver pack includes CD50 multimedia reader (Bluetooth/USB/MP3), steering column-mounted audio controls and leather steering wheel and gear knob.

There are the usual storage points in the van with spacious door pockets, dashboard storage and a lockable glovebox. Opt for a Sportive model and you also get an overhead storage shelf in the cabin.

First deliveries of the new van are set to begin in February 2012 with prices starting at £14,703 (exc VAT) for the 1.3 CDTI Combo L1H1 model rising to £18,203 for the 2.0 CDTi L1H1 Sportive version.