Vauxhall announces and teases Viva model prior to next year’s Geneva Motor Show debut image

The British counterpart of Opel has released the first teaser image of the newly announced Viva entry-level five-door city car.

Usually, Vauxhall cars are rebaged right-hand drive versions of Germany’s Opel models, with the British automaker a wholly owned subsidiary of the latter carmaker. But now, it looks like the brand aims to introduce a new entry-level five-door city car called Viva. The model should slot between the brand’s Adam and Corsa offerings, complementing them with a distinctive affordable feeling. That means the new Viva, which was announced to become available later next year at a price of around £7,000 would compete on the UK market with low priced options such as the Hyundai i10 and European bestseller Dacia Sandero.

The five-door hatchback, which has been announced now and has been scheduled for its official public debut during the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, will sport a clean and simple design, offering space for up to five passengers. The model will also have an Opel counterpart, albeit the Gemran offering will have a different name – which should be announced tomorrow. The Viva moniker is paying homage to Vauxhall’s first Viva car – built between 1963 and 1979.

Engine choices should be the same as for the Adam small car, featuring an extensive line-up of three- and four-cylinder units, both gasoline and diesel. We could also see the brand new turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 115 hp (85 kW) and 166 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque as the range-topping option.