2018 Opel Combo debuts new architecture, seven-seat option

And loads of space

The fifth generation Opel Combo is now called Combo Life and can be had with either a long or short wheelbase. Here's everything you need to know.

Opel Combo customers can choose the Combo Life as a five or seven seater, in two length variants: 4.4 meters or 4.75 meters. Optionally, Opel will fit the Combo Life with two sliding rear doors as well.

The five-seater, short variant boasts 597 liters worth of cargo space (2,126 liters with the rear seats folded down) while the five-seater, long variant offers, says Opel, a minimum luggage volume of 850 liters (2,693 liters with the rear seats folded down).

Opel also mentions that the central compartment can carry "anything from 1.5-liter bottles to smartphones or from wallets to tablets." Moreover, the new Opel Combo can tow a trailer load of up to 1,500 kg and comes with a trailer stability control feature that uses the car's ESP to balance out trailer sway.

On the tech side, Combo Life can be fitted with a head-up display, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, automatic cruise control and driver drowsiness alert, panoramic rear view camera and advanced park assist. It also borrows the IntelliGrip traction control from the Opel Grandland X for more composure when travelling on wet surfaces or mud, sand and snow.

Engine-wise, Opel's press blurb specifies a "variety of turbocharged, direct injection petrol and diesel engines" mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto, but further details are not provided.

Expect the Opel Combo Life to reach dealerships in the second half of 2018.

Here's our in-depth review of the new Opel Grandland X 1.6 Turbo D crossover.

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