- All-new Vivaro to be based on latest Peugeot-Citroen van platform
- Set to be in production at Luton factory in the UK before the end of the decade
- Exclusive Parkers Vans image of what the new van might look like
There will be a brand new Vauxhall Vivaro ‘by 2019’ – which may come as something of a surprise as the current model was only introduced in 2014, and van ranges typically last more than five years before they’re replaced…
Since the current Vauxhall Vivaro (above) is based on arch-rival Renault’s Trafic van, you can understand why PSA Peugeot-Citroen is keen to change the model so quickly.
What van will the new 2019 Vauxhall Vivaro be based on?
Vauxhall, Citroen and Peugeot have jointly confirmed that the 2019 Vivaro will be based on the PSA EMP2 platform – which, although not explicitly clear at this stage, likely means the new model will be a re-engineered version of the latest Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch (known as the Jumpy on the Continent).
The Expert and Dispatch are presently the newest models in the medium van sector (discounting the updated Ford Transit Custom, which is only a facelift of the existing version), as they were only introduced in 2016, alongside the Toyota Proace, which is also a variant of the same vehicle.
We’ve produced our very own image (below) of what the new Vauxhall Vivaro might look like, based on the latest styling shown on the forthcoming Vauxhall Combo, a small van that’s also a joint venture with Citroen and Peugeot.
Will the new 2019 Vauxhall Vivaro still be made in Britain?
It will indeed. In fact, the announcement of the new model came during a press conference confirming Groupe PSA’s intention to keep the Vauxhall van factory in Luton functioning not just at present levels but with increased production.
In 2017, Vauxhall produced 60,000 Vivaros in Luton; Groupe PSA has ambitions to build 100,000 vans there every year.
Peugeot-Citroen’s mid-size vans should actually suit the Vauxhall plant very well. At the moment, high-roof versions of the Vivaro have to be built in France as they won’t fit down the Luton production line – there are no high-roof variants of the Dispatch and Expert, so Vauxhall won’t have any difficulty building the full range in the future.
Obviously, this is bad news for anyone after a high-roof Vivaro at the turn of the decade, but we understand these only represent a small fraction of existing Vivaro sales anyway. The new model is likely to compensate by offering three body lengths instead of two.
What’s good about the new Vivaro being based on the Peugeot-Citroen platform?
Two things immediately spring to mind: efficiency and payload.
The Expert, Dispatch and Proace currently offer greater maximum payload and deliver higher mpg than any other medium van on sale.
See our full rankings for mid-size van payload and fuel economy by clicking here:
What’s not so good about the new Vauxhall Vivaro being based on the Peugeot-Citroen platform?
Well, we’re not particularly big fans of the cabin design of French and Japanese versions.
While there are lots of high-tech options – including a head-up display and active safety aids – the actual cab space is rather cramped for two, let alone three passengers, storage space is in short supply, visibility isn’t brilliant and the driving position on right-hand drive models is noticeably offset.
Why is Groupe PSA saving the Vauxhall factory in Luton?
Vauxhall sells a lot of Vivaros – almost all of which are built in Luton (only those high-roof models are the exception) – and investment in the UK factory will help Peugeot-Citroen significantly increase its global light commercial vehicle (LCV) production and sales.
In the British market, the Vivaro far outsells the Dispatch, Expert and Proace, for example.
Groupe PSA’s investment in Luton is being supported by the UK government, Luton Borough Council and the Unite trade union within the plant – which has guaranteed production flexibility – despite ‘Brexit uncertainties.’
Vehicles have been built on the Luton site continuously since 1905, so it’s great to know this great tradition is set to continue.
Will any Peugeot, Citroen or Toyota vans also be built in Luton?
Groupe PSA has referred to the ‘localisation’ of the EMP2 platform as the major output of this investment – which we take to mean production of the Vivaro. So that's likely to take the majority of the factory's capacity.
However, the firm has also noted the site’s impressive flexibility, and made a clear statement about increasing annual production to 100,000 vans.
Since the Vivaro is unlikely to make a massive leap from its current 60,000/year level of sales, it could well be that the additional 40,000 vans made in Luton will be the new Vivaro's sister models.