Vauxhall Vivaro gains sporty GS trim and more powerful diesel engine

Sports van fans rejoice as Vauxhall has added the GS trim to the Vivaro range in the UK. The GS is available for both the diesel-powered Vivaro and the zero-emission electric Vivaro, including styling upgrades, interior features and a GS-exclusive diesel engine with more power.

Starting with the exterior, the Vivaro GS gains a pronounced front splitter, side skirts, a redesigned rear bumper and a fancy roof-mounted spoiler. The exterior is completed with a new set of 18-inch black-finished alloy wheels. Inside we find a new pair of seats with hand-made and hard-wearing perforated eco-leather upholstery with red stitching and GS branding.

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Styling upgrades were announced for the UK-spec Vauxhall Vivaro only in Panel Van and Doublecab flavors. However, these parts should be compatible with the Opel Vivaro/Zafira Life twin, and most likely the rest of Stellantis’ sister van range in passenger and LCV form.

Fortunately, the GS version comes with increased power output, at least for the diesel-powered model. The most powerful version of the 2.0-liter Turbo D diesel engine produces 178 PS (132 kW / 180 PS), which is an increase of 35 PS (26 kW / 35 PS) over the standard mill. Power is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As for the Vivaro Electric GS, this retains the original electric motor producing 134 hp (100 kW / 136 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque, as well as the 75 kWh lithium-ion battery which is good for a WLTP range of 189 miles (304 km) between charges.

Pricing for the Vauxhall Vivaro GS starts from £41,000 ($46,567) excluding VAT, while the Vivaro Electric GS costs £55,000 ($62,468). Vauxhall isn’t the only brand to offer sporty trim for its vans in the UK, as Ford has been a long-time proponent of the trend.

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