Vauxhall have today revealed the new Vauxhall VIVA, which will go on sale in the UK in 2015. Until now all we had was a silhouette, but now we've been treated to a full spectrum of pictures - including the interior. The VIVA revives one of Vauxhall's most famous nameplates, with over 1.5 million examples over the original car being produced from 1963 to 1979 at the Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire.
The VIVA will be Vauxhall's entry into the city car market, and will line up in Vauxhall's small car range alongside the all-new Corsa and the Adam. It's 3.68m long, which will make the car easy to park in town, and the 5dr-only layout ensures decent levels of practicality.
It maintains the sculptured and precise design philosophy that Vauxhall are known for, and the signature 'blade' design, featured on models such as the Insignia and Astra GTC, swoops down the side of the car. The front end is characterised by a prominent chrome bar across the grille, which proudly houses the Griffin badge; splitting the area between the large headlight clusters.
So far Vauxhall are saying that the new VIVA will be offered initially with the brand new 75PS 1-litre engine, which ensures punchy performance and excellent economy. It's mated to a 5-speed transmission.
With regards to the VIVA's interior, no details have been released, but from the images you can see that the stylish steering wheel sits in front of clear, easy-to-read dials that are separated by what appears to be an LCD trip computer screen, as well as electronic fuel and temperature gauges.
Specification appears to be high, with electric windows, electric mirrors, steering wheel audio controls, air conditioning and Bluetooth telephone functionality all visible in the picture - though this is likely to be one of the top-spec versions of the VIVA. Other optional equipment includes a sunroof, heated front seats, cruise control and a heated steering wheel.
Also visible from the image is the new IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system, which integrates seamlessly with your iOS or Android Smartphone to allow for easy control of the audio and Bluetooth telephone functions; a feature that will also be featured on the all-new Corsa and Adam. The VIVA will also get something called 'City Steering', which lightens the steering to make it easier to manoeuvre in city traffic.
No official Euro NCAP safety rating has been released yet, but Vauxhall have said that all models of the VIVA will be equipped with ESP, traction control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution and hill start assist, which prevents the car from rolling back when pulling off on a slope. Lane departure warning is available as an optional extra.
When can I order one?
Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director, Tim Tozer, said of the VIVA:
"Short, crisp and full of character, Vauxhall's new entry-level model is a 'proper' small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector.
On sale next year at an extremely attractive price point, VIVA joins new Corsa and ADAM in a compelling small car portfolio, giving Vauxhall an unrivalled position in the small car market
The VIVA launch date is anticipated to be in Spring 2015, and it will of course be available from your nearest Evans Halshaw Vauxhall dealership. No official pricing details have been released as yet. Stay tuned to @evanshalshawuk on Twitter for all the latest updates!