These are the first pictures of the Viva, Vauxhall’s all-new five-door entry-level model. Arriving in Spring 2015, the Viva will be the latest addition to Vauxhall’s small car range joining the ADAM and the Corsa supermini.
With a name that pays homage to Vauxhall’s original Viva made from 1963 to 1979, the all-new VIVA measures 3.68 metres long and can seat up to five people.
In terms of design, three prominent feature lines swoop down the sides with the signature ‘blade’, seen previously on Insignia and GTC amongst others, slicing through the doors. The two others run through the front and rear door handles. The car’s front end features a winged chrome bar that presents the Griffin badge.
After first appearing in the ADAM ROCKS AIR and subsequently the new Corsa, Viva is the latest Vauxhall to feature its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder ECOTEC engine. Specially-developed for the Viva, the 74 bhp powertrain is mated to a five-speed transmission.
Vauxhall says the Viva’s chassis and steering have been developed to provide “exceptional safety and class-leading comfort”.
It’s also equipped with ESP featuring traction control, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and hill start assist. Further safety options include lane departure warning and park assist.
“Short, crisp and full of character, Vauxhall’s new entry-level model is a ‘proper’ small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director.