New Vauxhall Vivaro to get electric power and VXR makeover

Electric Vauxhall Vivaro van coming in 2020, with a sporty VXR model to form part of the range

Vauxhall has revealed its new Vivaro van for the first time, confirming that a pure-electric variant will go on sale in 2020. It follows confirmation that the next-generation of the Mokka X small family SUV will also be made available with electric power when it enters production next year.

There'll even be the option of a VXR model that gets a hot makeover and sees the return of the famous Vauxhall performance badge. At the moment, the Vivaro-e VXR is likely to feature only styling upgrades, but Vauxhall hasn’t ruled out performance improvements in the future.

It's expected that the Vivaro-e will have a range of about 200 miles. Vauxhall also confirmed a hotter VXR version of its new Corsa-e supermini, while sister brand Opel has unveiled a Corsa-e rally car.

The British brand is also launching a plug-in hybrid version of its larger Grandland X SUV, too. A total power output of 296bhp is promised, along with what the manufacturer is calling 'e-All-Wheel-Drive' four-wheel-drive capability.

Vauxhall plans to offer an electrified version of every model in its range by 2025, and its electrification will happen in tandem with fellow PSA Group brands Citroen, Peugeot and DS. 

The Grandland X PHEV shares much under the metal with the upcoming DS 7 Crossback E-Tense and Peugeot 3008 PHEV SUVs, while the Corsa-e powertrain will also be found in the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and Peugeot e-208.