Vauxhall’s Combo Cargo light van is now available with four-wheel drive, thanks to a conversion carried out by traction specialist Dangel.
The Combo Cargo 4x4 provides up to 205mm of ground clearance, 110mm higher than the two-wheel drive version, and features stronger underbody protection to enable it to tackle rougher terrain.
The Combo shares a platform with its PSA Group siblings the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner but Vauxhall is the only brand to have elected to offer a 4x4 derivative. It says this gives it an opportunity to grow in sectors including agriculture, construction and telecoms/communications.
Three versions of the model are available, the Combo L1 Edition 4x4 costs £34,660, all prices exclude VAT, the Combo L2 Edition 4x4 is £35,860 and the Combo L1 Sportive 4x4 is £36,010.
Via a rotary switch on the instrument panel, drivers can choose between two drive modes – Auto 4WD and Eco 2WD. In the former the 4x4 is engaged, shifting part of the torque to the rear axle as soon as the front wheels begin to lose grip. In Eco 2WD mode, the 4x4 system is disengaged and the van switches to front-wheel drive only, reducing fuel consumption, emissions and tyre wear, according to Vauxhall.
In more demanding conditions, drivers can select ‘R’ Lock mode to lock the rear axle. A limited-slip rear differential for maintaining traction in the severest driving conditions is optional.
The Combo 4x4 provides 90mm higher ground clearance as standard but the optional 4x4 Plus Pack adds a further 20mm. With approach and departure angles of 26.6 and 38.3 degrees respectively, and a break-over angle of 26 degrees, the Combo Cargo 4x4 can climb 41-degree gradients, Vauxhall claims.