Johannesburg - Opel will release its new Combo range of small panel vans in South Africa in March 2019, in both family-friendly Combo Life and commercial Combo Cargo formats.
The Combo is a sister model to the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter and Partner, sharing the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, and comes in a choice of two lengths - 4400mm and 4750mm overall - with a comprehensive suite of driver aids including ‘surround rear vision’ and an overload indicator system.
It’s available in Europe with a choice of 1.5-litre turbodiesel or 1.2 turbopetrol fours, driving the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s even a 4x4 version, although we’re not sure whether that will be made available in our market.
The 1.5-litre Turbo D is also offered in two tunings: the 100PS version is rated for 74kW at 3500 revs and 250Nm at 1750, while the 130PS version delivers a claimed 96kW at 3750 revs and 300Nm at 1750rpm.
The direct-injection 110PS turbopetrol is rated for 83kW at 5500 revs and 205Nm at 1750rpm; a more highly tuned 130PS (96kW) version will be available from the first half of 2019. The engine line-up for South Africa, however, has yet to be finalised.