2016 Vauxhall Maloo gets a new supercharged V8 engine with 529bhp, and numerous mechanical and styling updates
Darren Moss
22 December 2015

The Vauxhall Maloo pick-up truck has been updated, with the new model gaining a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine.

Its uprated engine means total power is now rated at 529bhp - a significant boost from the 425bhp of the old Maloo. The same engine is already found in the VXR8 GTS saloon, and is also used in tuned form in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

As well as its upgraded powertrain, which features a new cooling package and a high-flow exhaust system, the car’s springs and dampers have been stiffened, and a new rear suspension module has been fitted to improve braking efficiency.

Vauxhall says the new LSA Maloo is the fastest commercial vehicle on sale in the UK; it can reach 62mph in 4.6 seconds. It can also haul up to 540kgs in weight.

The previous Maloo was capable of hitting 62mph in 5.3 seconds, as well as covering a standing quarter mile in 13.7 seconds.

New standard equipment includes launch control on manual models, a limited-slip differential, satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an upgraded driver interface and leather trim. Chunky 20in alloy wheels are standard, and the pick-up has a redesigned front end with a splitter and new bonnet air vents.

The LSA Maloo is available now, with prices starting from £54,000 - a £3000 premium over the old model.

Watch the VXR8 take on the BMW M5 in the video below.

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Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo 2011-2013

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22 December 2015
Just what everyone needs to drive to the corner store.

22 December 2015
Wouldn't be without mine! Can you get full sized ply boards in your little hatchback? Can you carry a fully assembled trampoline on its edge? Help friends move house?
No, oh well, maybe you should get a ute.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

22 December 2015
Aussierob wrote:

Wouldn't be without mine! Can you get full sized ply boards in your little hatchback? Can you carry a fully assembled trampoline on its edge? Help friends move house?
No, oh well, maybe you should get a ute.

A small hatchback isn't £54k or over 5m long. A Maloo's load bed is no bigger than a similar sized estate car. I couldn't find exact dimensions for the Maloo's tray but similar Holden Utes were about 1.9-2m by 1.2m - the same as a Mercedes E63 Estate.

So that's the ply and moving house sorted. The trampoline? That's what roof bars are for.

A big estate also lets you convert some of that load area into seats when you're giving friends a lift to and from their new house when their vehicle is too full for passengers. This being the UK there's a high chance of rain whenever people would rather be doing something in the dry so a fixed roof is oh so much more convenient than covering each load with a tarp.

Car-based pickups do have some advantages like the washable load bay and they do have a nice shape so it would be good to see one or two for sale in the UK that weren't expensive and oversized but outside of a dry climate they're just not very practical.

22 December 2015
The Maloo is the most bonkers vehicle on sale in the UK - talk about a solution to a problem that doesn't exist - but well done Vauxhall for realising that Holdens can be imported without any development costs and very little retooling.

Don't expect GM Detroit to make such a vehicle when they close Holden production altogether - so if you want a Maloo (you'll never "need" one) get one in 2016.

22 December 2015
.... seems a bit lame for carrying capacity when the more conventional pickups typically do around 1,200-1,300kg.

It can't be a power or torque shortage, so what's the explanation (if only it was a bit more practical I might buy one - ha ha)

22 December 2015
The low carrying capacity is probably down to the rear suspension setup. Most conventional pickups have a solid rear axle with leaf spring suspension but this setup is not great for handling... As interesting as the Maloo is, it seems overpriced to me. Should be nearer £30k.

22 December 2015
Does anyone north of the equator actually care....? Autocar must be hard up for news...."Good news: the Dacia Sandero is now available...." It's that kinda level isn't it..?

BertoniBertone

22 December 2015
BertoniBertone wrote:

Does anyone north of the equator actually care....? Autocar must be hard up for news...."Good news: the Dacia Sandero is now available...." It's that kinda level isn't it..?

Nope, no one cares. One for the tatooed knuckle draggers.

22 December 2015
Completely disagree with most of these comments. If you don't think the world is a richer place for crazy products such as this, and would rather read about yet another tedious variation on the VAG platform with a TDI attached, well, we have nothing in common. Give me a ride in a Maloo any day...

22 December 2015
Apparently if you like anything vaguely different or interesting you're a knuckle dragger. Must be really interesting wanting to read about an Audi A6 that's different to an A4 because it's got a crease in a different place and it's a bit bigger................yawn, sorry, sending myself to sleep there.....
I bet a go in a Maloo somewhere like a track or an airfield would be bloody hilarious, off to get some cream for my sore knuckles......

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