Opel Reportedly Changes Its Mind, Won’t Build A Flagship SUV Anytime Soon

Plans for the Opel flagship SUV have been put on ice, after the brand was finally acquired by PSA, last week.

According to AutoExpress, the large crossover faces an uncertain future, and won’t be put into production anytime soon, as it apparently doesn’t fit the business plan that has to be finalized within 100 days by Opel and sister company Vauxhall, and presented to their new owner.

The vehicle, which would have been produced in Russelsheim, Germany, by the end of the decade, according to an official announcement earlier this year, was supposed to challenge the likes of other large SUVs, such as the Ford Edge, and join the Crossland X, Mokka X, and Grandland X, topping them all.

Not much is known about its underpinnings, as contradictory reports gave birth to two possible scenarios. The first one says that the new generation Insignia could have been used as a starting point, while the second talks about sharing the EMP2 modular platform with the new Peugeot 5008, which has a larger footprint than its predecessor.

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  • Peter Gaskin

    Does Opel even have permission from GM to develop the SUV? No export sales to Holden/Buick. Why would PSA want to develop a competitor to an existing PSA model?

    • Adi

      Why would they need permission from GM for an SUV? PSA is now the sole owner of Opel. And there are already 2 SUV’s based on PSA platform in Opel’s lineup if you haven’t noticed. Not related to GM at all. And they won’t be exported to Australia nor US. And why would PSA want to develop a competitor? Well all the profits would still go to PSA so…

      • Adi you got some things wrong. Sure they need no permission. PSA in the deal has to provide GM brands making cousins of Opel cars in parts as it was before and cars. GM still provides Opel ars made in the US or Canada and Korea. The Bolt for example is still coming. And PSA might as GM CEO said license GM’s electric technology to use it on Peugeot and Citroën. PSA is not allowed to enter Opel products in markets where those producst exist under other GM’s brands.

  • Przemix

    Shame. We need big opel suv!

  • Matt Frawley

    Opel will be Buickless!!

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    easy : rebadge buick enclave for EU market

    • pjl35

      Um…except not. Since GM doesn’t have a stake in Opel anymore.

      • They still could do it. Rebadging cars from deifferent groups always existed. But they won’t rebadge a car made in the US that was never engeneered to recieve Diesel engines, or to be suited for EU markets. Each time it was done, it failed. Then if PSA wanted a BIG Opel SUV, it would be made along side Peugeot or Citroën’s SUVs.