Vauxhall has taken the wraps off its new Combo light van.
Set to arrive in showrooms later this year, the Combo has a new architecture, having moved from being based on Fiat Professional Doblo underpinnings to share the PSA Group platform used by the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo.
Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall, together with its European counterpart Opel, revealed in 2015 that they would team up to build the next generation of their light vans, prior to the PSA Group’s purchase of Opel/Vauxhall for £1.9bn last year.
Variants will include short wheelbase, long wheelbase and crew cab models.
The new Combo will have a load volume of up to 4.4m3, and a payload of up to 1.0-tonne.
Items of up to 3440mm in length, such as pipes and ladders, can be stored in the load area courtesy of the optional rear swing doors and roof hatch.
The crew cab variant has a moveable partition wall, so in regular mode there is space for the driver and up to five passengers, but more space can be created by folding the rear seats down and moving the partition to behind the front seats.
Technology features include a sensor-based load indicator that warns if the van is overloaded, a rear view camera, and a second camera in the passenger side door mirror which provides a blind spot detection aid, displaying a monitor view when the passenger side indicator is activated.
The sensor based Flank Guard system provides a warning if there is a risk of the van’s side hitting an obstacle when turning at low speed.
Also available are forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, hill descent control, intelligent speed adaptation, automatic cruise control, driver drowsiness alert and speed sign recognition.
The Intelligrip electronic traction control system is also offered.
An 8in colour touchscreen operates the Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi Pro systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The satnav includes traffic message updates, and heated front seats and steering wheel are also up for grabs.
Prices for the new Combo are yet to be revealed. The related Combo Life five- or seven-seater passenger car goes on sale in September with prices from £20,530, including VAT.