We already knew Fiat’s Doblo small cargo van would be badge-engineered to be sold in North America with the Ram nameplate, but it seems another agreement allows for the vanlet to be sold in Europe by General Motors’ Opel division. The result is the new Opel Combo.
Previous Combo models were derived from GM Europe’s C-segment vehicles, but the latest Combo Cargo and Fiat Doblo are basically one in the same. Available in a variety of configurations, the Combo Cargo van is offered with a short or long wheelbase, and two roof heights. Customers can also choose whether or not they want asymmetrical rear doors, a tailgate, or one or two optional sliding doors on the sides. An optional roof-mounted hatch can provide space for accommodating long ladders.
Inside, large door compartments, a storage area under the roof, document holder on the instrument panel, and a laptop holder inside the glove compartment are useful when it comes to working on the go. Cargo capacity measures up to 162 cubic ft., and the van can carry a payloads measuring up to a ton. As for powertrain options, four diesel engines, a gasoline engine, and a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine are available, and will be paired to either a five- or six-gear manual transmission depending on engine choice. All versions except the CNG have start-stop technology. Although Chrysler has said it foresees a bigger role for diesel in the North American market, we have no indication as to whether the Ram variant will launch with a standard or optional diesel mill.
Pricing has not been officially announced, but it can be assumed to fall within range of the last gen Combo Cargo, which started at 13,750 euros and equates to about $18,528 U.S. dollars.