Vauxhall has revealed the new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric vans, which will go on sale in early 2024. The new models feature a refreshed exterior design, a more spacious and comfortable cabin, and a range of advanced driver assistance and connectivity features. The Vauxhall Vivaro Electric also boasts a longer driving range and faster charging capabilities than its predecessor.
New look for the Vivaro and Vivaro Electric
The new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric vans have a more modern and dynamic appearance thanks to a redesigned front end incorporating a larger grille, new LED headlights, and a revised bumper. The side profile is enhanced by new alloy wheels and chrome accents, while the rear features new LED taillights and a restyled tailgate. The new models are available in two body lengths (L1 and L2) and two roof heights (H1 and H2), offering a load volume of up to 6.6 cubic meters and a payload of up to 1,226 kg.
The new Vivaro Electric is distinguished by a blue-tinted Vauxhall logo on the grille, a charging port on the front wing, and an ‘e’ badge on the tailgate. It also comes with a choice of two battery sizes: 50 kWh or 75 kWh, which provide a driving range of up to 143 miles or 205 miles, respectively, according to the WLTP test procedure. The Vivaro Electric can be recharged from 0 to 80% in as little as 30 minutes using a 100 kW rapid charger or in 7 hours and 30 minutes using a 7.4 kW wallbox charger. The electric motor delivers 134 bhp and 192 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Vivaro Electric to reach a top speed of 84 mph.
New features for the Vivaro and Vivaro Electric
The new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric vans offer a more comfortable and ergonomic interior, with improved materials, a new dashboard, and a new steering wheel. The driver’s seat is adjustable in six ways, and the passenger seat can be folded to create a table or extra storage space. The new models also come with storage compartments, cup holders, and USB ports throughout the cabin.
The new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric vans have a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. The system also includes a navigation function, which can display the nearest charging stations for the Vivaro Electric. The new models also feature a digital instrument cluster showing key information such as speed, battery level, and driving mode.
The new Vivaro and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric vans also benefit from many driver assistance and safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, and emergency braking. The new models also have a head-up display, a 180-degree rear-view camera, and a semi-autonomous parking assist system.
How the new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric compare to rivals
The new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric vans face strong competition from other medium-sized vans, such as the Ford Transit Custom, the Volkswagen Transporter, and the Renault Trafic. The table below shows how the new models compare to some of their rivals in terms of price, range, and load capacity.
|Model||Price (USD)||Range (miles)||Load volume (cubic metres)||Payload (kg)|
|Vauxhall Vivaro||From $43,000||N/A||Up to 6.6||Up to 1,226|
|Vauxhall Vivaro Electric||From $47,800||Up to 205||Up to 6.6||Up to 1,226|
|Ford Transit Custom||From $38,500||N/A||Up to 8.3||Up to 1,472|
|Ford Transit Custom PHEV||From $46,000||Up to 35 (electric)||Up to 6.0||Up to 1,130|
|Volkswagen Transporter||From $40,000||N/A||Up to 9.3||Up to 1,309|
|Volkswagen Transporter e-Transporter||From $54,000||Up to 82||Up to 6.7||Up to 1,001|
|Renault Trafic||From $37,000||N/A||Up to 8.6||Up to 1,258|
|Renault Trafic E-Tech Electric||From $49,000||Up to 180||Up to 8.6||Up to 1,200|
As the table shows, the new Vivaro and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric vans offer a competitive price, range, and load capacity compared to their rivals, although some models may have an advantage in certain aspects. For example, the Ford Transit Custom PHEV has a longer combined range thanks to its hybrid powertrain, while the Volkswagen Transporter has a larger load volume and payload. However, the new Vivaro and Vivaro Electric vans also have some unique features, such as the head-up display and the semi-autonomous parking assist system, which may appeal to some buyers.
The new Vivaro and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric vans are impressive additions to the Vauxhall lineup, offering a more attractive design, a more comfortable and connected interior, and a range of advanced features. The Vivaro Electric also boasts a longer driving range and faster charging capabilities than its predecessor, making it a viable option for businesses looking to switch to electric mobility. The new models are expected to go on sale in early 2024, with prices starting from $43,000 for the Vivaro and $47,800 for the Vivaro Electric.