New Movano and Movano-e Take Opel to Top of Large Van Class
It was an inevitable move that once Opel joined the PSA Group that all of its light commercial models would be manufactured within its new parent company. And as things transpired with PSA and Fiat coming together to for Stellantis, the new Movano will be assembled along side the Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer & Citroen Relay in Italy. Here to fore, the Movano was made by Renault in France.
Boasting class-leading payloads, cargo capacity and gross vehicle weights, a wide range of body versions, lengths and heights is on offer. The new generation Movano will be available not only with powerful and durable diesel engines, but also with a zero-emissions battery-electric drive, delivering up to 224km (WLTP) range from a single charge. The new Movano and Movano-e will both arrive at Opel dealerships later this year.
“The new Opel Movano-e completes our range of electric light commercial vehicles. Our customers from trade and commerce can therefore drive and transport emissions-free. We are convinced that the new generation Movano will win additional market share for the brand”, says Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.
Importantly for professionals and fleet managers alike, the emission-free Movano-e demands no compromises and thus represents a real alternative to conventionally powered vehicles. The electric propulsion system of Opel’s new e-LCV delivers 90kW (122hp) and 260Nm of torque, with the maximum speed electronically controlled at 110 km/h. Depending on the model variant, customers can choose between 37kWh and 70kWh lithium-ion batteries for ranges (depending on driving style and the prevailing conditions) of up to 117 or 224km respectively in the WLTP combined cycle.
The batteries are packaged under the loading space so that they do not compromise usage, which also benefits the cornering and wind stability even when fully loaded. A sophisticated regenerative braking system, which recovers the energy produced under braking or deceleration, further increases efficiency.
In addition to electric propulsion, the diesel powertrains of the new Movano match the best on the market for high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. The power output of the 2.2 litre engines, which all comply with the strict Euro 6d emissions standard, range from 88kW (120hp) to 121kW (165hp). Driving the front wheels, all the engines are paired with six-speed manual transmissions.
The new Movano offers excellent load-carrying capability and total cost of ownership as well as a wide range of bodies and cargo capacities. Panel van customers can choose from four lengths (L1-4) and three heights (H1-3), with maximum load capacity ranging from 8.0 to 17 cubic metres. The doors of the H3 variant are 2.03m tall, a best in class. Together with the rear doors that open to 180 degrees (optionally extendable to 270 degrees), they make the Movano especially easy to load. The range of gross vehicle weights (GVW) is among the widest in this class, extending from 2.8 to 4.0 tons, while payloads reach a maximum of 2.1 tons. With sill heights as low as 494mm, a width of 1422mm between the wheel arches and 1870mm between the panels, the load zone for Opel’s new large van represents the benchmark for its rivals.
The standard cab features a single row of three seats, while the second row of the optional crew cab offers seating for an additional four passengers. The new Movano is additionally available as a chassis cab, a chassis crew cab and a floor cab with a single row of three seats. Opel’s new LCV is the ideal basis for a broad line-up of specialist conversions as well, such as tippers, drop-sides and campers.
State-of-the-art driver assistance systems provide protection not only for drivers, crew and passengers, but also other road users. The new Movano’s extensive equipment, available as standard depending on the trim level, includes Automatic Safety Brake, Blind Spot Warning, Hill Descent Control and Lane Departure Warning.
The new Movano joins the Combo and the Vivaro as the newest member of Opel’s light commercial vehicle family. The German brand’s entire LCV portfolio will offer a battery-electric model variant by the end of this year. Opel will offer an electrified version of all passenger car and LCV models by 2024.