Vauxhall plans new Combo

The new Vauxhall Combo features a chunky, rounded styling which bears a resemblance to the Fiat Doblo thanks to its high rear end to create more load space.

This is because the van is actually a rebadged version of Fiat’s van. In the UK it will come under the Vauxhall name, but European versions will be called the Opel Combo.

Vauxhall will offer two wheelbase options with the new Combo when it goes on sale in 2012, including a 4.39-metre and 4.74-metre version.

Two different heights will also be offered, including 1.85 and 2.10-metre options, and all models come with the option one or two sliding doors.

The doors lead to a load area offering 3,400 litres of load space in short wheelbase and 4,200 litres.

Vauxhall will offer four diesel engines with the new Combo. The smallest in the range, the 1.3-litre CDTi engine delivers 90PS, the same performance as the 1.6-litre CDTi also offered with the new Combo.

The 1.6-litre CDTi engine also comes in a more powerful 105PS variant, while a 2.0-litre CDTi 135PS sits at the top of the range.

The new Vauxhall Combo will go on sale in the UK in February, replacing the current generation of the small panel van in the Vauxhall line up.

"We’re looking forward to bringing the all-new Combo to market in 2012," said Steve Bryant, Brand Manager, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles, who described the Combo as ‘the lynchpin’ of the Vauxhall van range after 200,000 were sold in the UK since the launch of the current generation in 2001.