Sep 8, 2015
Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. The Opel Vivaro is going lifestyle. One year after the launch of the new generation midsize light commercial vehicle, which has been ordered roughly 90,000 times to date, Opel will showcase the Vivaro Surf Concept. The elegant passenger version is ideal for sporting activities. Five to six passengers (depending of the seating configuration) along with the entire sports and fitness equipment are no problem for the Opel Vivaro Surf Concept. The roomy CrewCab van shows how outstanding load capacities can be combined with a high level of comfort and stylish design. It also has one especially practical detail: It offers a separate cargo area of 3.2 cubic meters – or 4.0 cubic meters for the long wheelbase version. Thus, the Opel Vivaro Surf Concept is ideal for transporting wet or dirty utensils after a trip to the beach or to the mountains without the passengers even noticing. The first ever edition of this trendy sports and fun vehicle will celebrate its debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (September 17 to 27). It will be on show at the Opel booth D09 in hall 8.0.
“The Vivaro Surf Concept is the ideal vehicle for large families or groups of friends. The close-to-production concept offers space for up to six passengers with its CrewCab. There is a large cargo area with numerous practical details behind the second row of seats. The sporty styling on the outside and numerous comfort features along with the ultra-modern IntelliLink system on the inside make it an elegant roomy van. The Vivaro Surf Concept is the perfect alternative for people who need more than a passenger car but do not want to miss out on the usual comfort,” said Steffen Raschig, Opel/Vauxhall Director Commercial Vehicles.
The close-to-production Vivaro Surf Concept is a real eye-catcher with its shiny copper-brown and white paint and foliation. Customized Irmscher alloys emphasize the sporty and elegant look. However, the lifestyle van shows its true values once the doors and tailgate are opened – either manually or via Keyless Open. The Vivaro Surf Concept can shoulder a big load. Extensive skiing or snowboard equipment, surfboards or bikes – the cargo area of the five-meter transporter with a total permissible weight of up to 2.9 tons can meet all expectations.
In addition, it does it with a practical elegance: the floor of the cargo area is fitted with a newly developed rail system; the entire width under the second row of seats is used for a storage box that can hold small utensils. The interior, fitted by the specialists from Snoeks Automotive, has a pleasant atmosphere created by blue lighting in the sidewalls and the roof liner. Those who cannot decide between a trip to the seaside and a cycling tour can just do both: the Vivaro Surf Concept has a special surfboard bracket on the roof so that stylish longboard fans do not have to go on vacation without their beloved board.
Stylish and above all helpful equipment features can found in the passenger cabin: the Irmscher Tourer Pack, already available for the standard Vivaro, with fine black leather and contrasting silver stitching on the side trim panels, the dashboard and the gear shifter gives the Vivaro Surf Concept a sophisticated passenger car flair. Premium-quality velour mats have been used for the floor, making the interior of the Vivaro cozier and quieter as the velour linings reduce driving noise considerably. The new automatic climate control ensures ideal temperatures inside the vehicle. The lifestyle van even comes with an optional parking heater. In addition, the passengers in the second row gain access comfortably via sliding doors on either side.
Furthermore, Vivaro Surf Concept drivers can look forward to a host of safety, assistance and infotainment options. The light and rain sensors along with the fog lights ensure excellent visibility. Energy saving LEDs are used for the daytime running lights. The electric exterior mirrors along with the driver and front passenger seats are heated. Park Assist with rear view camera prevents unwanted scratches when maneuvering and the speed limiter ensures that the driver never exceeds the speed he sets.
The latest version of Navi 50 IntelliLink gives the driver access to traffic information so that he can avoid any tailbacks en route. The infotainment system comes with TMC (Traffic Message Channel), hands-free module, audio streaming via Bluetooth and European maps. Operation is possible via the seven-inch touchscreen or via Siri Eyes Free voice control. Web radio stations along with audio books, Facebook, Twitter and many more can be accessed via the aha® app. The Vivaro Surf Concept also comes with a Wi-Fi Hotspot to ensure stable and fast connectivity.
Ultramodern technology including a 103 kW/140 hp BiTurbo CDTI can be found under the hood. It mobilizes 340 Nm of torque and propels the Vivaro Surf Concept to a top speed of 180 km/h. The ecoFLEX version with Start/Stop only requires 6.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, which is equivalent to 160 grams of CO2 per kilometer (preliminary values). The Opel Vivaro Surf Concept is therefore not only an extravagant but also an extremely economical fun mobile. The idea of providing additional comfort also features in the suspensions system. The air suspension of the rear axle compensates all sorts of bumps in the road giving passengers a comfortable ride; furthermore, in combination with the shortened springs, it reduces the vehicle’s height by roughly seven centimeters to 1.90 meters, thus ensuring that the Vivaro Surf Concept can access most multi-storey car parks.
The spacious and comfortable Opel Vivaro Surf Concept will be on show at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt and could soon go into production as a “Limited Edition”.
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