The Opel Combo Life has officially arrived in South Africa, with the larger Zafira Life scheduled to join the range in the first quarter of 2020.
So, how much are we looking at for the Combo Life? Well, pricing starts at R369 900, a figure that includes a three-year/120 000 km warranty and a three-year/60 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km).
The five-seat people-mover ships standard with six airbags, ABS with EBD, an electronic stability programme, traction control, hill-start assist and automatic headlamps.
As with the Combo cargo van, power comes from a 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine offering 68 kW (at 4 000 r/min) and 230 N.m (at a pleasingly low 1 700 r/min), with a claimed fuel economy figure of 5,0 L/100 km. Fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, braked towing capacity comes in at 1 100 kg (with the unbraked figure standing at 720 kg).
Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, rake and reach adjustment on the steering column, and cruise control. There are sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle, while the rear seats split 60/40 to offer a load area capable of handling 690 kg.
Opel SA has furthermore confirmed the Vivaro and Movano cargo models will join the firm’s growing light commercial vehicles range in 2020, along with the aforementioned Zafira Life passenger vehicle.
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