Tony O'Kane | Oct 18, 2011

Update: Comment from Holden added

Vauxhall has lifted the lid on its upcoming replacement for the long-serving XC Combo, the Barina-based light commercial van that has endured ten solid years of service to cleaners, couriers and tradies.

The new 2012 Combo is set to arrive in European showrooms from February next year badged as either an Opel or a Vauxhall, and is based on the Fiat Doblo van.

The Vauxhall-badged model (which would be the most likely basis for an Australian-delivered Combo) will be powered by a range of efficient turbodiesel engines, including a 66kW 1.3 litre, a 66kW 1.6 litre, a 77kW 1.6 litre and a 99kW 2.0 litre.

A five-speed manual will be the standard transmission for the 1.3 litre engine, while all other powertrains get a six-speed manual. An automated five speed manu-matic transmission is optional on the 1.6 CDTi, and all manual-equipped models will be equipped with start-stop as standard.

Cargo capacity of the new Combo is a significant step up from the current model. The 2012 Combo will be offered in two lengths (4.39m and 4.74m) and two roof heights (1.85m and 2.1m), with cargo capacity ranging between 3400 litres and 4200 litres.

A pair of rear barn doors open up to reveal a low floor, and objects up to 1.7 metres wide can be squeezed between the rear wheel wells. The length of the cargo floor ranges between 1.82m and 2.17m.

A local debut for the new Combo has yet to be announced, and it is not yet clear whether it will arrive in Australia wearing a Holden or an Opel badge.

Holden's senior product communications manager Kate Lonsdale told TMR that the XC Combo is now in run-out mode, however whether or not the 2012 Vauxhall Combo will replace it has yet to be determined.

"Holden is no longer ordering the XC Combo and the vehicle is now in run-out," Ms Lonsdale said.

"We are currently reviewing the new Combo that has recently been announced by Vauxhall but no decision has been made."

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