Opel/Vauxhall Plans SUV Offensive, Astra-Sized Model Will Lead The Pack

With the refreshed Mokka X as the only SUV in the brand’s range, Opel/Vauxhall may have fallen behind the competition, but not for long.

According to AutoExpress, the manufacturer’s SUV lineup will soon include five different models, and the first one to hit the market will be a Corsa-sized vehicle, which will join the Mokka X in taking aim at the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, among others.

Rumor has it that it will show its face before the end of the year and come as a replacement to the Meriva MPV, as a mix between an MPV and an SUV, with higher seating position. The crossover will be assembled in Spain, as part of GM Europe’s deal with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, and it will be underpinned by the same PF1 platform as the current Citroen C4 Cactus and Peugeot 2008, while the next-gen French vehicles will ride on the new Common Modular Platform architecture, co-developed with DongFeng.

Rivaling the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar and coming as a replacement for the Zafira with a five- and seven-seat configuration as a mix between MPV and SUV, and sitting at roughly 4.5 meters (177 in) in length, will be an Astra-sized crossover, which will share PSA’s EMP platform with the upcoming 3008 and 5008. Expected to debut next year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s said to be built in Peugeot’s plant in Sochaux, France, and to use PSA and GM petrol and diesel engines, along with a plug-in hybrid.

Confirmed by the General Motors CEO Mary Barra a couple of years ago, a flagship SUV will provide Opel/Vauxhall with a rival for the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It will sit above the Insignia in the company’s lineup and is believed to share technology with a new Buick and Cadillac SUV.

Last but not least, an Opel/Vauxhall Adam X will complete the brand’s SUV lineup and will take on the planned Seat Mii X-Perience. Chances are it will adopt a funky design, offer plenty of personalization options and use an electric powertrain.

Note: Opel Antara / Chevrolet Equinox prototype pictured

PHOTO GALLERY

  • Andrew Hughes

    I don’t think Heston Blumenthal was very happy about being photographed in the back.

  • Gerald Michael

    The guy in the back seems to be signaling that somebody is number one.

VW Group Denies Report It Intends To Sell Off Lamborghini Or Take It Public

According to the report, the German group wants to free up resources for EVs and focus on its VW, Audi and Porsche brands.

McLaren 620R Is A GT4-Inspired Supercar That Can Legally Roam The Streets

The 620R seems to be the most track-focused model in McLaren’s Sports Series range, upstaging even the mighty 600LT.

Isuzu Previews Futuristic FL IR Truck With Autonomous “Platooning” Function

The tech allows one truck to act as the leader in a convoy and others to follow, react and adapt to its movements.

Remember That 3D-Printed Aventador Replica? Well, It Actually Runs!

The Lambo replica is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 5.7-liter Corvette V8 and its bodywork was created by just three cheap 3D printers.

Five Years After Its Recall, A Defective Key Is Still Present In Camaro’s Parts Catalog

The key in question was first recalled by General Motors in June 2014, yet an employee discovered it was still available as a replacement.

2020 BMW X6 M Cabrio Answers A Question No One Asked In The First Place

Good thing BMW has no plans whatsoever of building such a thing, because…. well, it just doesn’t make sense.

1,200 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Makes The Trackhawk Seem Puny

It may be seven years old, but this wildly modified Grand Cherokee is one of the craziest Jeeps out there.

Olympic Athlete Runs In A Bubble Filled With Hyundai Nexo’s Exhaust Flow

The Nexo’s exhaust emits water and 99.9 per cent filtered oxygen – or else the runner would suffocate.

Lunaz Breathes New Life Into Classics With Electric Power And Modern Gear

After a full restoration process, the old mechanical parts are ditched in favor of all-electric powertrains and tech like Wi-Fi .

Totally Burnt Out Ferrari 458 Spider Is Unrecognizable, Yet Up For Sale

Nothing in this pile reminds us of a 458, as it’s been completely destroyed, but someone has decided to put it up for auction.