Stellantis recently unveiled several updated light commercial vehicles (LCVs). Opel comes out first with the updated Combo, returning with a refreshed look and more technology in the cabin.
Unlike the electric-only passenger version coming soon, the LCV is also available with gasoline and diesel powertrains.
The current fourth-generation Opel Combo was introduced in 2018 and shares most of its components with the Citroen Berlingo, Opel Partner, Toyota ProAce City and, most recently, the Fiat Doblo. In 2024, the van will undergo a facelift thanks to the Opel Vizor update, which is already present across the automaker's entire passenger lineup.
The new face of the Opel Combo features slimmer headlights that are optionally available with Intelli-Lux LED Matrix technology, a first for a commercial commercial vehicle. In keeping with Opel's current styling, the headlights are mounted under the same "Visor" panel that covers the grille. In addition, the redesigned bumper gets interlocking air intakes and the hood is now flush with the grille.
That's where the exterior updates end, with the rest of the bodywork carried over from the previously updated version. Like all Stellantis offerings in the compact van segment, the Opel Combo is available in standard and long body styles.
Technologically advanced interior upgrades
The highlight of the cabin is the new 10-inch digital instrument cluster behind the revised steering wheel. This is coupled with a slimmer freestanding 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, although entry-level trims have a smartphone dock instead.
The digital cockpit runs on Qualcomm Technologies' Snapdragon Cockpit platforms and supports the latest connectivity features. Safety has also been enhanced with dual Dynamic Surround Vision cameras and up to 18 available ADAS, including optional Adaptive Cruise Control.
The new Opel Combo can be equipped with two or three seats in the front, and a five-seat Crew Cab version is also available, designed for professionals who want to transport more people. Depending on the body type, the van offers cargo space of up to 4,400 liters (155.4 cubic feet). In all-electric version, it has a payload of 780 kg (1,720 lb) and a towing capacity of 750 kg (992 lb).
Petrol, diesel and electric variants
The Opel Combo Electric is powered by a single electric motor with 134 hp (100 kW / 136 hp) and 270 Nm of torque, which draws power from a 50 kWh battery pack. Although the performance is identical to its predecessor, the WLTP range has been increased to 320 km (199 miles) thanks to the addition of a heat pump and changes to the regenerative braking system.
The lineup also includes petrol and diesel versions, most likely with the 1.2 PureTech and 1.5 BlueHDi powertrains. The petrol will be available exclusively with a manual transmission, while the diesel variant will also be offered with an automatic transmission.
The updated Opel Combo and Combo Electric are scheduled to hit the market by the end of the year. It is safe to assume that Opel will soon launch a similarly updated Combo Life minivan, which is an electric-only passenger version of the LCV. It is expected to mirror the performance of the recently updated Peugeot E-Rifter and the upcoming Citroen E-Berlingo and Fiat E-Scudo.