Vauxhall’s BiTurbo for Movano LCV

Vauxhall has launched a new range of BiTurbo diesel engines for the Movano, in both more powerful light duty versions and, slightly detuned for longevity, heavy duty variants.

The automaker claims the motors enjoy better fuel consumption and longer service intervals helping to reduce the cost of ownership for businesses and fleet operators. Service internals have been extended to 25,000 miles or two years and cost of spare parts and materials have been pegged back to further reduce operating costs.

The 2.3-liter power units range from 128bhp to 177bhp and all comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP (light duty) or Euro V-Id (heavy duty) emissions standards. Compared with the previous generation, the engines boast 4bhp to 8bhp more and 15ft-lbs to 30ft-lbs greater torque. The most powerful BiTurbo develops maximum torque of 300ft-lbs.

In addition to front-wheel drive, van buyers can select a rear-wheel drive configuration, improving the performance of the Movano for heavy duty applications. Both configurations include six-speed manual transmission and will, in future, also benefit from automated manual transmissions. Some versions of the LCV will be available with all-wheel drive.

Rear-wheel drive versions can be ordered with an optional limited-slip differential normally only seen on sports orientated cars. This device provides additional traction on slippery surfaces such as at building sites where, if one wheel starts to spin on a slippery surface, the torque is diverted to the wheel with more grip.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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