Vauxhall has released the first images of its new Combo Life – the passenger-carrying version of its Combo light van.
The new model will be built at PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s plants in Vigo, Spain and Mangualde, Portugal alongside the new-generation leisure activity vehicle (LAV) models from the French brands.
The current Combo, launched in the UK in 2012, is the result of a collaboration with Fiat Professional but Peugeot-Citroen, Vauxhall and 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.
PSA has confirmed utility versions of the LAV passenger-carrying models will be rolled out later in 2018.
Vauxhall said the Combo Life would arrive in showrooms before the end this year and would be available in two lengths (4.4m and 4.75m) as five- and seven-seater derivatives with two sliding doors. Three individual rear seats come fitted with ISOFIX child seat brackets and a panoramic glass roof is optional.
Vauxhall said driver assistance features available on the Combo Life would include driver drowsiness alert, rear-view camera with 180 degree bird’s-eye view, advanced park assist, head-up display and IntelliGrip traction control as well as comfort features such as heated seats and steering wheel.
With the rear seats folded down, the standard version of the Combo life offers 2.1m3 load space with the long version providing 2.7m3.
Vauxhall said the Combo Life would be available with a choice of turbo-charged, direct injection petrol and diesel engines and with either five- or six-speed manual transmissions or as an eight-speed automatic.