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Rugged Vauxhall Viva unmasked at Paris motor show

Date: 29 September 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Vauxhall has revealed a jacked-up version of its Viva city car, the Viva Rocks, at the Paris motor show.

Due to go on sale next summer, the model features a raised ride height with rugged body cladding, robust interior, and connectivity services.

Vauxhall claims the increased ride height will enable better visibility and improved responses to uneven surfaces, such as country lanes and potholes.

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Design tweaks include silver roof rails, front and rear bumpers with skid pans, large wheel arches and dedicated 15-inch alloy wheels.

On the inside, the Viva Rocks includes Vauxhall's personal connectivity and service assistant, OnStar as standard, while an optionally available media system will allow the vehicle to connect to iPhones, through Apple CarPlay, and will also include a satnav.

Engine information has not been yet been confirmed, but it is likely the Rocks will retain the original Viva's 75hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which emits 103g/km of CO2 and returns 62.8mpg.

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Meanwhile, Vauxhall confirmed it will "evaluate" the new Ampera-e electric vehicle next year, hinting it could go on sale in the UK.

Set to be sold by sister company Opel in Europe from next year in left-hand-drive format, the Ampera-e has a claimed class-leading range of 300 miles.

"Vauxhall is committed to having a future EV presence in its range," said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall's chairman and managing director. "The technology which underpins the new Ampera-e is of great interest to us, and we will be evaluating LHD cars from next spring and demonstrating them to clients."

"The fact that Ampera-e is not an eco-luxury or second car for customers broadens its appeal greatly, but it's obviously vital that the car we sell in our market is right-hand-drive, and that won't be available in the current generation," he added.

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