February 18, 2020

Vivaro in the vanguard of 2019’s new releases

Leading with Vauxhall’s long-awaited new Vivaro, 2019 kicks off with some key new model news. Here’s a flavour of what’s to come.

Vauxhall’s all-new Vivaro van – to be built at its Luton plant, securing 1,250 jobs – is available to order next month and arrives in showrooms in the summer. With a world premiere at the CV Show in April, the third generation Vivaro van is based on Groupe PSA’s EMP2 platform (shared with the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace) and will be available in short and long wheelbase. Body styles include panel van, doublecab for up to six occupants and a platform chassis.

With a maximum cargo capacity of 6.6m3, the new Vivaro boasts a payload of up to 1,400kg and a towing capacity of 2,500kg – depending on model, 200kg and 500kg more than its predecessor.

Thanks to Flex Cargo, an optional load-through flap under the passenger seat, objects up to 4.02m long can be transported in the long wheelbase version. Alternately, Flex Cargo allows the back of the middle seat to fold down to become a table, adding to its ‘office on wheels’ credentials.

Inside, driver assistance systems and technology includes a Head Up Display to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, Lane Keep Assist and Drowsiness Alert.

Priced from £21,240, the Vivaro will be available in three trim levels: Edition, Sportive and Elite. Dual side sliding door, driver/passenger airbags and cruise control with speed-limiter are all available as standard for the first time.


Renault Pro+ Commercial Vehicles has launched two new products into its range of Master vans.

The new Master aluminium tipper – converted by Renault’s accredited converter partner VFS – joins the existing steel body tippers and offers an increased payload of up to 150kg over the steel body tippers, with prices starting from £32,300.

Joining the new Master aluminium tipper range is a variant with a secure tool box between the cab and the body. Other optional accessories include beacons, tow-bars, cages and tail-lifts.

The new Master Luton box van range – carried out by Truckcraft – replaces the previous model, and benefits from an increased payload (up to 60kg) and a reduced basic list price (from £31,850).

The Luton box is now being included in the vehicle’s standard specification rather than as an option. Additionally, the column mounted tail-lift is compatible with the new Master Luton Box Van.

Ford Ranger

Also getting an update for 2019 is the Ford Ranger, which promises ‘more power, greater fuel-efficiency, enhanced refinement and advanced driver assistance technologies’.

The new pick-up introduces Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for optimised emissions. Ford claims it will deliver up to a 9% fuel efficiency improvement when combined with a new 10-speed auto transmission. The new Ranger engine line-up will be led by the Bi-turbo version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, delivering 213hp – up by 13hp compared with the current 3.2-litre TDCi diesel – for greater load-hauling capability.

Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ranger features four-wheel drive as standard, and offers business and leisure users new options including Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and FordPass Connect on-board modem technology.

Ford says the Ranger is the first vehicle in its class to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Assist as standard. Active Park Assist is now also available.

Double Cab high-power variants now feature Active Noise Control technology and the flagship Ranger Wildtrak and Ranger Limited models offer new premium features, including an easy-lift tailgate.

The new Ranger has a towing capability of up to 3,500kg, and payload of 1,252kg. It’s expected mid-year.

Engineered To Go

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is launching its new Engineered To Go programme of off-the-shelf conversions with a range based on the Crafter.

The new programme kicks off with dropside, tipper and Luton products available to buy direct from the standard price list. The revamped scheme will eventually cover the range of Caddy, Transporter and Crafter models with numerous derivatives including fridge/freezer conversions, minibuses and a service workshop.

Specialist converter Ingimex will produce the first raft of Engineered To Go Crafter products. The dropside, available as a single and double cab, is modified ready for the addition of fall arrest rails or tail lifts with prices starting from £31,470.

The tipper, also in single and double cab form, starts from £33,310 and is tough, safe and versatile with the tipper functions controlled by wander lead. The single cab Luton, priced from £36,220, has a four-tier load restraint system for deck lashing, standard load lock lashing or for use with optional Ingimex telescopic load pole.

The Engineered To Go programme is designed to provide customers with converted products through VW’s dedicated network of Van Centres.