Buick Enspire Concept Gets Rendered As Opel’s Upcoming Flagship SUV

Opel will launch a new SUV that will slot in the company’s ‘X’ family above the current Grandland X. According to an announcement made last year, it will hit the assembly lines in Russelsheim before the end of the decade and will probably be built on the EMP2 platform.

The architecture already underpins the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X. However, the German car brand’s new product will have a larger footprint, while also adding more premium materials inside and new technology.

Opel was sold last year by GM to the PSA Group, and it currently has no ties with the U.S. automaker. Still, AscarissDesign thought that the new Buick Enspire Concept would make for an interesting Opel SUV, as there was something “too Opel in its design”, so he imagined it with a new face.

The study also gets proper side mirrors and door handles, for a more production-ready look. And thanks to its sloping roofline and size, it’s billed as a (virtual challenge)r to the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Quite a stretch for an Opel, which is not a premium brand, but after all it’s just a styling exercise and nothing more.

Buick’s Enspire show car, which will make its premiere at the China Auto Show next week, is powered by a couple of electric motors that put out 557PS (550hp / 410kW) and allow it to reach 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.0 seconds.

While the rendering does work as an Opel, the PSA underpinnings ensure that the production model will have nothing in common with the Buick, as the latter is still owned by GM and the do go on their separate ways. Still, aside from the extra-large wheels, it makes for an interesting take, doesn’t it?

  • Dr Strangefingger

    I prefer the Buick rendering, however, the Opal looks good too.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Why? Opel is no longer in GM’s fold. The days of Opel based Buicks (or visa-versa) will soon be over.

  • Elpatore

    This could be a nice Touareg competitor if done properly.

    • Cobrajet

      Not with FWD PSA underpinnings.

      • Elpatore

        Thats what I meant with “done properly”.