Passenger model of Vauxhall’s in style van will get French underpinnings – and an opulent inside It’s the brand new Vivaro: thorn within the aspect of Ford’s best-selling Transit (and its Torneo derivatives) and unassuming saviour of Vauxhall’s long-standing plant at Luton.Because the very boxy-looking last-generation Vivaro van, possession of Vauxhall has modified fingers from Common Motors to PSA Group, and with all the varied uncertainties that go along with mass-producing automobiles at the moment, that put the way forward for the plant at Luton – and a few 1400 jobs – in some jeopardy.PSA’s eventual resolution to construct the overhauled Vivaro, with its new French underpinnings, in England has secured these jobs for the following decade or so, and with sibling vans the Peugeot Skilled and Citroën Jumpy (severely, who comes up with these names?) additionally set to be constructed on the plant, it is going to convey the output as much as 100,000 automobiles yearly.That’s the background. The Vivaro itself will are available two types: Vivaro and Vivaro Life, although each are constructed on PSA’s EMP2 platform. It knocks the outdated automotive’s ladder-chassis into obscurity and its modularity permits the EMP2 to elsewhere help automobiles starting from the Peugeot 508 saloon to the crossover DS 7 Crossback. It is not very van-like, briefly, which is nice information should you ever personal or rent a Vivaro Life for minivan duties. Engine-wise there’s a alternative of 1.5-litre and a pair of.Zero-litre turbodiesels (they’re PSA BlueHDi models, although rebadged ‘Turbo D’) starting from 98bhp to 178bhp and with usefully lengthy service intervals of at the least 25,000 miles. Decrease-powered variations get a six-speed guide whereas the top-spec automobiles get an eight-speed computerized. All are front-driven – Vauxhall’s IntelliGrip system, which makes use of brake and ESP intervention to maximise traction, is alleged to assist out in lower than superb circumstances.The straight Vivaro is the workhorse van of the kind we see day-after-day. It begins at £26,400, with a payload of 1458kg (up 200kg) and a trailer load of 2500kg (up 500kg).Right here we drive the costlier Life, which’ll make up solely round a tenth of complete Vivaro gross sales and is geared toward households, chauffeurs and the overall motion of individuals reasonably than items. You possibly can have it in both Version flavour, which with modular seating for 9 is geared in direction of taxi duties, or in Elite, which is sort of fancy for this type of automotive, has a most of eight perches and is the one examined right here. With the Elite you get electrical, leather-trimmed therapeutic massage seats within the entrance and a panoramic roof together with a rear-view digicam, head-up show and a touchscreen infotainment show whose crisp graphics give away its Peugeot heritage. The record of ordinary package is extraordinarily lengthy, actually, although our automotive’s wide-spaced, swivelling second-row seats value an additional £800, and its foldable desk £495.The grand complete is substantial: £45,310, above an record worth of £42,420.