A NOVEL new version of Vauxhall's Combo Cargo light van is set to hit the roads - and cross the muddiest of fields!
The clever people at Vauxhall's Luton base have spotted a gap in the market and launched a four-wheel-drive, go-anywhere version of the light van.
For now, at least, it's the only small 4x4 van on the LCV market and it gives Vauxhall the chance to grow in sectors such as agriculture, construction, utility companies and telecoms/communications where its' off-road capabilities will be a major bonus on top of its load-lugging ability.
As well as all-wheel drive, the Combo Cargo 4x4 has been adapted to provide up to 205mm of ground clearance, with stronger underbody protection and the power to take on all kinds of rough terrain.
Traction experts Dangel have carried out the 4x4 conversion and were deeply involved during the design and development of the new model. The steering and suspension systems have also been optimised for all-wheel drive.
Using a simple rotary switch on the instrument panel, drivers can choose between front wheel drive and automatic four-wheel drive modes. In Auto 4WD, the 4x4 is engaged, shifting part of the torque to the rear axle as soon as the front wheels begin to lose grip.
In more demanding conditions, drivers can select ‘R' Lock mode to lock the rear axle. A limited-slip rear differential for maintaining traction in the severest driving conditions is optional.
In standard form, the 4x4 has 90mm higher ground clearance than the normal Combo Cargo while a further 20mm of ground clearance - giving a total of up to 205mm - is included in an optional 4x4 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 4x4 can climb 41-degree gradients.
Three versions are available priced from £34,660 to £36,010 excluding VAT.