Opel has launched is latest Opel Combo, once again with the option of operating with a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) engine. The spectrum of models comprises two basic types of bodywork: those with short and long wheel bases (2,755/3,105 mm). Both types are available as a transporter variant (Cargo), either as a panel van or glazed, and as a five to seven seat version for carrying passengers (Tour).
The natural gas vehicle is driven by a 1.4 CNG ecoFLEX engine (88 kW/120 hp) engine. It is equipped with a 22 liter gasoline tank and CNG cylinders with a total volume of 95 liters or 130 liters (the latter only available in long wheelbase). This results in maximum ranges of up to 625 and 750 kilometers respectively.
The “Cargo” version can carry a payload of up to 1 ton (including driver), with volume up to 4.6m3. The Combo Tour with five-seats and a short or long wheel base has a loading capacity of up to 3,200 liters (long wheel base) and payloads of up to 800 kg.
The European Van-B segment all-rounder which is available in different body styles is based on the Fiat Doblo (“International Van of the Year 2011”) of Opel’s cooperation partner. The aim of this strategic alliance is to drive Opel’s growth in the area of commercial vehicles.
Long intervals between servicing helps to reduce the running costs: for the CNG model a routine service every 30,000 kilometers is recommended.
(This article compiled using information from an Opel press release)