Opel Teases New Concept, Will Develop Next-Generation Four-Cylinder Engine For PSA

Opel has held its TechDay at its engineering center in Rüsselsheim, Germany where the company revealed a handful of details about its future product lineup.

Since Opel and Vauxhall are now part of Groupe PSA, most future models will be underpinned by the Common Modular Platform (CMP) and the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2). The platforms are highly flexible and Opel noted they can be used to underpin everything from coupes and convertibles to crossovers. Opel went on to say the next-generation Corsa will debut next year and ride on the CMP platform.

Speaking of the Corsa, Opel said the model will be built in Zaragoza, Spain and be offered as an electric vehicle. It will be one of four electrified models the company will launch by 2020.

While Opel has plans to electricity all future models, it will also play an important role in the development of a new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines for Groupe PSA. The automaker said the new engine family will be “optimized for operation in combination with electric motors and will be used in the drivetrain of hybrid systems.”

The engines will debut in 2022 and they will be used by all Groupe PSA brands including Citroën, DS Automobiles, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall. The engines will also be offered in a wide variety of markets including China, Europe and North America.

Opel wasn’t ready to talk specifics but said the engines will have “state-of-the-art technologies such as direct-injection, turbocharging and variable valve control.” The new four-cylinder petrol engine is currently under development and it will eventually replace PSA’s 1.6-liter PureTech unit.

Since Opel was previously owned by General Motors, the company will play a huge role in PSA’s return to North America. As the company noted, it brings a “wealth of knowledge in US market federalization to the table.”

Opel’s vice president of design, Mark Adams, also used the event to announce the company will introduce a new concept later this year. Car Magazine reports Adans said the concept will show an “expression of truly what we want our brand to be.”

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  • ProtectOurHeritage

    Peugeot-Citroen seem to be putting some effort into their newly acquired brands!

    • wintergraan

      True. And I’m willing to believe that PSA can finally unlock Opel’s true potential. GM simply never understood how the european market worked and what customers were looking for in a new car.

      • ProtectOurHeritage

        Agree. I really wanted GM to succeed, but they just weren’t up to it. They failed with relaunching Cadillac as a challenger to Germany’s premium brands and totally gave up with Saab altogether.

        PSA knows the market, so are more than likely to do what GM couldn’t achieve.

        • wintergraan

          And it’s somehow hard to believe that a company that was once the biggest car manufacturer in europe and on par with Mercedes and other luxury brands now struggles with stagnating sales figures and massive image problems. GM had so many chances to do something about Opel’s damaged reputation but always failed to deliver. The same applies of course to SAAB under GM’s control.
          So, I really have high hopes that PSA will revive Opel’s former strength.

      • Ilbirs

        Opel was king when GM didn’t interfere too much in it, something that happened until mid-1990s. The brand even was authorized to make some important changes to world cars to suit European tastes and all was OK. There were even some importante synergies between Opel and other GM operations around the globe that worked very well for decades, like the ones that happened envolving the Brazilian, Australian and Korean arms.

        When Detroit tried to tell too much for the guys in Rüsselheim was the moment when the German arm decadence began, all this leading to being acquired by PSA. I’m sure that Opel will have more voice inside PSA than what had from mid-1990s until the last day when it was GM’s possession.

        • wintergraan

          Absolutely right. And GM always failed miserably at fixing Opel’s damaged reputation. Even today many people despise the brand although their cars drive pretty well, are reliable and come with all the bells and whistles one would expect.

          • haudit

            The writing was on the wall for GM’s ownership of Opel and Vauxhall when they forced both brands to accept lightly revised, American-made versions of the GMT200 minivans for sale in Europe as the Opel/Vauxhall Sintra.


            It was all downhill from then on.

          • wintergraan

            Yeah … the Sintra was a truly horrendous car. Back when it was launched my parents were seriously considering buying one. Eventually they ended up buying a VW Caravelle which broke down just one year later due to an engine malfunction 😀

  • Autoexperte


  • Autoexperte

    Opel Monza?

  • 2sfhim

    The new petrol engine is based on the current engine.

  • Six_Tymes


  • cat

    OPEL bring back the calibra!!!!!

  • Voiture Vulture

    Since Opel and Vauxhall are now part of Groupe PSA, most Opel/Vauxhall’s future models will be underpinned by Peugeot’s Common Modular Platform (CMP) and the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2). So how will they differentiate their offerings with those of Peugeot & Citroen? Especially since their future cars will be underpinned by Peugeot’s platform?

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