- Revised front-end styling and improved cab design
- Extra safety technology – though most remains optional
- Same wide choice of sizes, prices from £27k
UPDATE: We have now driven the 2019 Vauxhall Movano facelift, also known as the 2020 Model Year update. See our full Vauxhall Movano review for detailed driving impressions and more.
The Vauxhall Movano is getting an update, and alongside the first official pictures, details and pricing, we now have the full 2019 engine details.
Following swiftly after its sister van, the Renault Master – which was shown in facelifted form in April 2019, shortly after we'd scooped some spy photos – the new Movano gets all the same upgrades, which means a revised range of enginnes with more power and better emissions, improvements to safety and a revised look for the front end.
2019 Vauxhall Movano engines
Vauxhall has now released full details of the updated Movano's engine line-up.
These are unsurprisingly similar to those fitted in the Renault Master, which we drove back in June 2019, and are all 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel units, badged BiTurbo.
Compared with the engines they replace they offer an extra 5-10hp and 20-40Nm more torque while meeting the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations. 'Light duty' versions comply with Euro 6d-Temp, while 'heavy duty' versions meet the less stringent Euro VId ratings.
Starting with the light duty models, the entry-level 135hp / 360Nm engine is 4% more powerful and 15% more efficient with 12% lower CO2 emissions, while the 150hp / 385Nm variant comes with stop-start as standard, leading to 17% better fuel economy and 14% better emissions.
At the top of the range is a 180hp motor, with 400Nm of torque.
Light duty fuel economy runs from 39.0mpg to 48.4mpg when tested using the old NEDC method; the newer WLTP figures, which are supposed to be more representative of real-world driving, are 22.5-32.2mpg.
Power output for heavy duty Movanos ranges 130-165hp and 330-380Nm. These models don't have to be tested to WLTP standards, and have NEDC fuel consumption figures from 31.4 to 38.7mpg.
What else is new for the 2019 Vauxhall Movano?
The other major improvements are all related to safety.
Biggest innovation is an optional new rear vision camera system displays a live feed of the view behind the van onto a 7.0-inch screen. Aside from the Renault Master, the only vans outside the Movano to offer this technology so far are the Vauxhall Combo Cargo and its Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota cousins in the small van sector.
Only the side-wind assistance is fitted as standard, however.
Any changes to the way the Movano looks?
The front end has been worked over, with a higher bonnet line, new grille and new bumpers.
The higher bonnet and enlarged grille will no doubt help the 2.3-litre engines meet the latest emissions regulations, which are Euro 6D Temp for the regular duty versions and Euro VID for heavy duty models.
Aside from the interior, detailed below, the rest of the van is as it was, although the load area lighting now uses LEDs for added brightness.
Any changes inside the cab of the 2019 Vauxhall Movano?
There’s a completely new dashboard, which looks a little more modern but promises to remain as practical as ever.
There are 22 storage spaces in total throughout the cab.
There’s also a wireless smartphone charger available for the first time, while automatic lights and wipers are added to the standard equipment list across the range.
Is the 2019 Movano still available in all the same body sizes?
Absolutely – you still get a choice of four lengths and three heights, while gross vehicle weight (GVW) goes as high as 4.5 tonnes.
Maximum cargo load volume is 17.0 cubic metres, and up to five Euro pallets can be squeezed inside.
All told, 150 different variants of the Movano are available to choose from.
How much is the 2019 Vauxhall Movano, and when does it go on sale?
Pricing, announced in June 2019, starts at £27,745 for a Movano panel van, with the heavy duty Euro VId engines starting at £32,400.
Double-cab versions start at £33,250, while the most expensive panel van costs £39,815. All prices exclude VAT, and the standard trim level is now called the Edition, in common with the rest of Vauxhall's van range.
The new Movano is available to order now, ahead of first deliveries in September 2019. We'll be driving it very soon.