Opel Movano: Versatile Van up to 3.5 Tons
- Wide model range: Panel van, Combi, chassis cab and platform version
- Economical: Three turbo-diesels from 100 to 146 hp
- Safety: ESPPlus available for panel van and Combi
Rüsselsheim. The Opel Movano cuts a fine figure in the up to 3.5-ton gross vehicle weight van class, with attractive design, a high level of seating comfort, outstanding ergonomics, and versatility as an economical load or people carrier. The wide Movano model range includes more than 40 variants, from panel vans and Combi to chassis cabs for a variety of conversions. Three different wheelbases and roof heights are available. Thanks to its low curb weight, the Movano has a maximum payload of up to 1.7 tons, putting it among the best in its class.
Design and packaging
The Movano boasts an attractive, practical design. It has a short hood with characteristic radiator grille and typical Opel crease, a generously glazed cab, a spacious cargo area, and the large rear window provides good visibility. The versatile vehicle concept with
front-wheel drive and transversally mounted engines allows plenty of space for driver and cargo. Further advantages of the compact drivetrain are the exceptionally low loading sill as well as the ease with which the Movano can be tailored to special transport needs.
The basic Movano range encompasses the panel van, the Combi with semi or full glazing, chassis cabs with either regular or double cab, and a platform version (basis for a mobile workshop or dropside, for example).
All Movano versions boast passenger car-like comfort in the cab. This is immediately noticeable when getting into the vehicle thanks to its unusually low entrance height of only 43 centimeters. The clearly laid out instrument panel with logically ordered control elements makes driver changes easier. The comfortable driver’s seat is height-adjustable.
With three different lengths and roof heights, the panel van models offer customers plenty of possibilities for industry-specific individualization. Depending on wheelbase and roof height, total load volume is between 8.0 and 13.9 m3. All Movano panel vans (and the Combi) can tow a weight of up to 2000 kg.
The Movano Combi features three rows of seats for up to eight passengers plus the driver. By removing one or two of the bench seats, the Combi can be converted into a three or six‑seater with a generous cargo area. The Combi has sliding windows at the rear for passenger comfort and is available with a short or medium wheelbase. All seats have safety belts and height-adjustable head restraints.
The Movano has an extraordinarily strong body based on a rigid ladder-type frame with two U-section side members welded together by a series of cross members. Welded side panels made from high-strength steel and a welded sheet-steel roof provide the closed-body versions with additional stability. Together with portal-style reinforcements that bridge the cab to the cargo area and are also in the center of the vehicle and the rear door frame, these create a very rigid composite body structure. Movano passengers are also protected by an extensive safety package. This includes a restraint system with airbag and pyrotechnic seat-belt tensioner for driver, safety steering column, anti-submarining ramps in the seats and retractor seat belts for all front seats.
Chassis and active safety
The Movano features independent wheel suspension with a double A-arm front axle and a strong, rigid rear axle with leaf springs. All models are fitted with precise power steering as standard. The Movano boasts passenger car-like deceleration thanks to very powerful brakes coupled with ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and brake assist as standard.
The panel van and Combi variants can also be fitted with the Electronic Stability Program ESPPlus (not with Easytronic). Taking the payload into consideration, ESPPlus selectively intervenes at up to three wheels in hazardous driving situations, thereby contributing to the chassis’ high safety standard.
Engines and transmissions
The Opel Movano boasts a range of three powerful and economical four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines with common-rail direct injection. They have a displacement of 2.5 liters and produce 74 kW/100 hp, 88 kW/120 hp and 107 kW/146 hp. The entry-level engine (260 Nm) takes the Movano to a top speed of 140 km/h at an average fuel consumption of just 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The best-selling engine (290 Nm) enables a maximum speed of 147 km/h and also boasts average fuel consumption of 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The Movano with the top-of-the line unit (320 Nm) has a top speed of
170 km/h and moderate consumption of 8.9 liters per 100 km. A maintenance-free diesel particulate filter is standard with this engine and optional for the 120 hp engine with manual gearbox.
All three units come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. As an option, they can also be coupled to an automated Easytronic six-speed manual transmission. This configuration enables a reduction in fuel consumption of up to six percent. Thanks to its economical engines and large 100-liter tank, the Opel Movano has an operating range of almost 1200 kilometers - one of the best in its class.
Opel Movano: Facts and Figures
- January 1999: Market launch in Germany
- October 2003: New edition with extensive technical and design refinements
- Spring 2005: Introduction of automated six-speed manual transmission
- October 2005: Introduction of digital tacograph
- September 2006: Newly structured powertrain range – all engines comply with the Euro 4 emissions standard, diesel particulate filter as standard with top-of-the-line unit, optional ESPPlus, new equipment
- April 2007: DPF optional with manual version 120-hp engine
- Wide model range with more than 40 variants
- Excellent payload of almost 1.7 tons
- Top operating range: Up to 1200 kilometers without refueling
- Sales: Well over 100,000 units in Europe since 1999, over 20,000 thereof in Germany
- Most popular body variant in Germany in 2008: Panel van
- Most popular engine in Germany in 2008: 2.5 CDTI (88 kW/120 hp)