New Opel Combo-e Life: the everyday hero goes electric
Opel has announced preliminary details of the new electric Combo-e Life. Highly versatile and practical, with a huge amount of interior space, the Combo-e Life comes with either one or two sliding side doors and is available as a 4.4-metre-long standard or 4.75 m XL version, both with either five or seven seats. The new Combo-e Life can drive up to 280km (WLTP) on a single charge of its 50 kWh lithium-ion battery. The new Combo-e is the latest electrified model in the Opel range and it will reach Irish showrooms in the autumn.
“The Combo-e Life is the multi-functional everyday hero in our electrified passenger car portfolio”, says Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller. “The new battery electric version of our successful leisure activity vehicle offers customers who need large seating capacities and lots of space, the additional benefits of zero emissions and almost silent propulsion.”
The Combo-e Life is perfect for families with active lifestyles, looking for a practical transport solution with green credentials. The new electric car from the brand with the Blitz even features a towing capacity of 750kg, class-leading in this market segment, with the option of trailer stability control.
Thanks to 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque from the electric propulsion system, the Combo-e Life is perfect also for the open road. Depending on the model variant, the leisure activity vehicle accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in only 11.2 seconds, while the 130-km/h maximum speed (electronically limited) makes it ideal on motorways. A sophisticated regenerative braking system with two user-selectable settings further increases efficiency.
The battery with 216 cells and 18 modules is packaged under the floor between the front and rear axles, so that it does not compromise usage of the passenger compartment. In this location, the battery lowers the centre of gravity as well, which benefits wind stability and cornering, for additional driving fun.
The Combo-e Life is ready for a variety of energy infrastructures and charging options. Out on the open road, using a 100kW DC public charging station, charging up to 80% takes only around 30 minutes. At home, the MyOpel app will ensure owners can pre-heat or cool down their vehicle and fully control charging times, from their smart phones.
Opel offers the Combo-e Life in two lengths (4.40 m and 4.75 m as the XL model variant) with five or seven seats, which also makes it an attractive car for taxi firms. Owners of both variants can choose between the standard second row bench with 60/40 split or three individual seats, which can be folded conveniently. In both cases, each seating position has its own Isofix child seat bracket as standard, allowing for three child seats to be fitted next to each other.
The shorter five-seater offers at least 597 litres of boot space (850 litres in the longer version). With the rear seats folded down, the luggage volume more than triples to 2,126 litres, while the longer one can carry up to 2,693 litres. The front passenger seat can fold flush with the rear seats, extending the length of the loading area, so that even surfboards can be transported.
Along with its petrol and diesel engine siblings that were crowned “Best Buy Car Europe 2019” by AUTOBEST, the zero-emission Combo-e Life also makes no compromises on safety, comfort or convenience. The comprehensive portfolio of class-leading technologies and driver assistance systems extends from hill descent control, a panoramic rear view camera, lane keep assist and driver drowsiness alert, to traffic sign recognition and forward collision alert with pedestrian protection and automatic emergency braking. Owners needing extra traction on mud, sand or snow can upgrade the Combo-e Life with the IntelliGrip electronic traction control system.
When everyone is sitting comfortably, they can enjoy the Combo-e Life’s infotainment. The Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi Pro systems come with a large 8.0-inch touchscreen and top connectivity. Both feature phone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
An optional panorama roof with electric sunblind allows passengers to star-gaze or lap up the sun’s rays. When ordered with the panoramic roof, the Combo-e Life comes with 36-litres of overhead storage running down the centre of the vehicle with LED lighting as standard.
The new Combo-e Life will arrive at dealerships this autumn, joining the Corsa-e, Mokka-e, Grandland X plug-in hybrid and Zafira-e Life, as the newest member of Opel’s electrified passenger car range, together with the Vivaro-e commercial vehicle, International Van of the Year 2021. The Opel Combo-e and Movano-e commercials are also expected in showrooms in late 2021. Opel will offer an electrified version of every passenger car and LCV model by 2024.