Opel has partnered with a French engineering consultancy to make all-terrain VanLife that bit more attainable for everyone.
Although the German value brand is best known for its compact hatchbacks and crossovers, the Combo van is a reliable and capable light utility vehicle, reintroduced to the South African market in April. Now Opel has added upgraded all-terrain capability to its minivan, for those who are required to make deliveries or journeys to destinations that are way off the conventional map routing.
Dangel is a French company which specialises in provided all-wheel drive systems for compact vehicles. Since the 1980s it has partnered with Peugeot and Citroen and since those two brands now also own Opel, the natural progression has been for Dangel to become involved with the development of an all-wheel drive Combo.
This new Combo 4×4 features a 20mm ride height increase, modified suspension better suited to rough terrain travel and recalibrated steering. Protection plates have also been added underbody, to ensure that the engine, gearbox and drivetrain’s most vulnerable contact points don’t get snagged or damaged when exploring off-road terrain.
The Combo 4×4 uses a viscous centre-differential to trigger its all-wheel drive system when required, but there is a pseudo-locking rear-differential to boost traction in sand and mud. For customers who required even more off-road ability there’s an 80mm lift-kit, which raises ground clearance to a Toyota Fortuner rivalling 240mm, and an optional limited-slip differential.
Powering the Combo 4×4 is Opel’s most potent compact van engine, a 1.5-litre turbodiesel boosting 96kW and 300Nm. European customers are the launch target market for this Combo 4×4, which adds R80 000 to the price of a conventional Combo, but for those seeking an all-terrain compact van, it would appear the consummate solution.
Expect to see some Combo 4x4s in a your Vanlife Instagram feed soon.
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