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.