The mighty twin-turbo Movano packs plenty of punch. John Kendall gets to grips with Vauxhall’s revamped load shifter.
Two new versions of the 2.3-litre Movano, offering either 136PS or a mighty 163PS, have been added to the portfolio. As with other versions of the engine, maximum power is produced at a useful 3,500rpm, but perhaps more importantly for a range designed to carry substantial loads, the new engines produce more pulling power than before.
That’s not the whole story though. Designed to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions, ecoFLEX technology means that even the most powerful 163PS variant returns 40.9mpg (unladen) in the official EU combined cycle fuel consumption test, giving CO2 emissions of 180g/km. That’s no more than a large family car would have recorded a few years ago.
We put a Movano 136PS BiTurbo L2H2 front-wheel-drive van through its paces. It offers a load area length of 3,083mm and an internal height of 1,894mm, the headroom making it a truly versatile model, especially for six-footers!
The BiTurbo engine adds another dimension to that versatility. By adding a second turbocharger, the Movano engine can deliver the economy and performance that operators need under all conditions.
The extra low speed urge delivered by the BiTurbo engine is immediately obvious on the highway. There is just that bit more get up and go when pulling away or accelerating.
The new engines help to give Vauxhall’s flagship van even more appeal, both for drivers and fleet managers. And more versatility will get the thumbs-up from cost-conscious van operators, too.
At the same time, Movano still delivers all the driver-focused advantages we’ve come to expect. We’re thinking about the deep storage space under the dual passenger seat and the optional swivelling table top on the fold down centre seat back, not to mention the optional pull out clipboard in the dashboard centre. They’re all designed to make life easier for hard-working drivers.
“Movano still delivers all the driver-focused advantages we’ve come to expect.”