If you’ve ever been lucky enough to go to Europe, you’ll know that they’re big fans of vans.
They use vans in the same way we use bakkies over here.
Normally there wouldn’t be any reason to care about a new van launch in the UK, but Vauxhall (Opel) recently launched a new version Combo Cargo. For the record, the Combo Cargo is available in South Africa and there’s even a family-oriented version that we hope to test soon.
The Vauxhall Cargo Combo is now available with four-wheel-drive in the UK. Also included is some underbody protection and 205mm of ground clearance.
Using a simple rotary switch on the instrument panel, drivers can choose between two drive modes – Auto 4WD and Eco 2WD. In Auto 4WD, the 4×4 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 4×4 system is disengaged and the Combo Cargo 4×4 switches to front-wheel drive only, reducing fuel consumption, emissions and tyre wear.
In even more demanding conditions, drivers can select ‘R’ Lock mode to lock the rear axle.
Additional protection for the fuel tank and rear axle, as well as 20mm higher ground clearance (for a total of up to 205mm), are optionally available with 4×4 Plus Pack. With approach and departure angles of 26.6 and 38.3 degrees respectively and a break-over angle of 26 degrees, the Combo Cargo 4×4 can climb 41-degree gradients.