19 Sep 2018
World premiere: New Opel Combo Celebrates Debut in Hannover
Opel at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles: Summary new Opel Combo
- Best ever: 5th generation Opel Combo developed to offer leading efficiency
- Loading champ: Space for two Euro pallets, load volume of up to 4.4m3 and up to 1,000 kg payload
- Extra versatile: Standard and XL versions, crew cab and roof hatch available
- Top innovations: Surround Rear Vision and numerous assistance systems
- Connected: Latest generation infotainment with 8-inch touchscreen
- Passenger car comfort: Heated steering wheel, unique in the segment, along with heated front seats and dual zone climate control
- Absolutely efficient: Economical, Euro 6d-TEMP-certified engine portfolio
Rüsselsheim/Hannover. The 5th generation of Opel’s compact, multifunctional commercial vehicle, the Combo, is celebrating its world premiere at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. The spacious Combo cargo van has been developed with the ambition of offering top efficiency to professionals while also meeting the standards of a passenger car. It therefore offers the best of two worlds – comfort and technologies of a passenger car combined with a high level of flexibility and a low cost of ownership. This is made possible by an all-new architecture, ingenious packaging, a range of assistance systems currently unrivalled in the segment and efficient, Euro 6d-TEMP-certified engines. The newcomer, which has been available for order since the beginning of September, will be presented to the public along at the IAA Commercial Vehicles.
The new Combo offers a wide range of variants to choose from including a standard version with 4.40 metres length, an XL version with 4.75 metres and a spacious five seater crew cab. Opel’s new compact transporter also outshines most of its main competitors with a load volume of up to 4.4m3, a payload of up to 1,000 kg and a loading length of up to 3,440 mm for objects and work material. An especially ingenious feature is that the distance between the two wheel arches is wide enough to enable the loading of up to two Euro pallets. And extremely long utensils such as wooden planks can be stowed at an angle thanks to the optional roof hatch. And, a unique feature in the segment is also introduced in the new generation Opel Combo: a sensor-based overload indicator1 that, at a press of a button, allows the driver to make sure the vehicle is not overloaded.
In addition, the new Combo comes with further innovative technologies and up to 19 assistance systems that make driving, manoeuvring, transporting goods or a crew easier, safer and more comfortable. The optional Surround Rear Vision1 supports the driver and greatly improves visibility of panel vans or of fully loaded vehicles. Furthermore, a second camera in the exterior door mirror on the passenger side ensures that the driver no longer needs to worry about the blind spot on this side of the vehicle. And, the new Combo can also be equipped with the new, sensor-based Flank Guard system that helps prevent annoying and expensive bumps or scratches while turning at low speeds. Those professionals whose workplaces require enhanced traction in mud, sand or snow can also upgrade their front-wheel drive Combo with the electronic IntelliGrip traction control system and with the “worksite” set-up. This includes an increased ground clearance of 30 mm, front stiffness antiroll bars, increased tyre diameter and rear variable rate springs. And the optional ultra-modern Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems ensure that drivers easily find their way to and from even the most remote locations.
Loading capacity of a larger vehicle: The Combo as a multifunctional transporter
The new, fifth generation Combo has been developed on a completely new architecture within Groupe PSA, the undisputed European leader in the commercial vehicle business. Therefore, it is no surprise that it represents the most competent vehicle on the market place.
It is available in various variants allowing countless applications;
- a 4.40-metre long standard version with a wheelbase of 2,785 mm, payloads of up to 1,000 kg (excluding the driver) and a cargo volume of 3.3 to 3.8 m3, in which utensils with a length of up to 3,090 mm can be stowed easily. Those who need to transport even longer item can order the Combo with rear swing doors and the useful roof hatch.
- a 4.75-metre long XL variant with a wheelbase of 2,975 mm and a load volume of up to 4.4 m3, that can even take working equipment with a length of up 3,440 mm.
The ability to easily load bulky items through the rear doors with a low loading edge of just 580 mm is another major advantage. There is enough space between the wheel arches for a forklift to load two Euro pallets, even into the shortest Combo. And safety has also been taken into consideration: Six tie rings on the floor and a further optional four fitted at mid-height help keep everything in its place.
An important safety feature, the overload indicator1, is new to Opel. The sensor-based system measures the mass present on board. A white LED signal lights up if the weight exceeds 80 per cent of the permitted payload. If the weight is above the limit, an orange signal with an exclamation mark lights up.
The new Combo also offers a solution for transporting people and equipment with the crew cab version. A crew of up to five including the driver can sit in comfort while the working material is safely stowed behind the partition wall. In addition, the rear bench can be folded down and the partition moved behind the front seats if required. A flap in the partition ensures that especially long items can be transported.
Relaxing drive: Top technologies and passenger car comfort
When it comes to the loading area, the Combo is an out and out commercial vehicle but it also offers cutting edge technologies unique in the segment, and a level of comfort for the occupants directly inherited from the Combo Life passenger version that went on sale in early June.
Innovative assistance systems such as Surround Rear Vision1 ensure outstanding visibility and make the drive more relaxing, especially when the vehicle is fully loaded. In this case, the car has to be driven via the exterior door mirrors. An image of the area behind the car is transmitted to a 5-inch colour screen. On one hand, it facilitates manoeuvring via guidelines as soon as reverse is selected. On the other hand, when driving forward, it displays an area from 4 to 30 metres behind the vehicle thus supporting the driver. A second camera1 fitted in the exterior door mirror on the passenger side further improves the overall view. As soon as the passenger side indicator is activated, the passenger side view is shown on the monitor, resulting in a major increase in safety for all road users as a blind spot is almost unheard of for Combo drivers.
In addition the newcomer comes with further ultra-modern driver assistance systems known from the Combo Life passenger version. The offer is unique on the market and includes:
- Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking,
- Lane Keep Assist,
- Hill Descent Control,
- Intelligent Speed Adaptation,
- Automatic Cruise Control,
- Driver Drowsiness Alert
- and Traffic Sign Recognition
Last but not least, the new generation of infotainment systems ensures outstanding on-board connectivity. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi Pro systems can easily be controlled via the prominent 8-inch colour easy-to-read, easy-to-reach touchscreen. The integrated navigation system of the top-of-the-line unit with European maps and 3D navigation also shows TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel) updates, thus ensuring that drivers can always select the perfect route to get to their customers and avoid traffic jams.
And, as there is nothing like enjoying comfort before or after work with the heated front seats, the heated steering wheel – unique in this segment and typical Opel – and the comfortable rear bench. And occupants can keep a cool head even on the hottest days thanks to the dual zone climate control.
Already fit for the future: The economical Euro 6d-TEMP engine portfolio
However, the new Opel Combo does not juts offer practical benefits combined with a range of modern technologies – it is also a highly efficient transporter thanks to its propulsion line-up. The economical 1.5-litre diesel units with outputs ranging from 56 kW/76 hp to 96 kW/130 hp (fuel consumption: urban 5.1-4.1 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.4-3.8 l/100 km, combined 4.6-3.9 l/100 km, 123-104 g/km CO2) already meet the stricter Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. These state-of-the-art engines are mated to five and six-speed manual transmissions. Furthermore, the top-of-the-range 96 kW/130 hp engine is available with a low-friction eight-speed automatic transmission (fuel consumption4: urban 4.7-4.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.4-4.1 l/100 km, combined 4.5-4.3 l/100 km, 119-113 g/km CO2)
Together with first-class load volume, comfort levels similar to those in passenger cars and extensive on-board entertainment, they make the new Opel Combo an ideal and general purpose commercial vehicle for much more than just working life.
 Expected to be available from 2019.
 Active at speeds below 10 km/h.
 Works automatically above 5 km/h and below 85 km/h. From 0 to 30 km/h the deceleration metric to reduce the impact speed of the collision is 0.9g. From 30 to 85 km/h the system brakes to the speed by a maximum of 22 km/h. After this threshold, the driver needs to brake himself to reduce the speed even further.
 WLTP measurements converted to NEDC values for comparison
Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern.
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