Vauxhall/Opel to launch SUV offensive 0

Vauxhall-Opel-to-launch-SUV-offensiveAs things stand, the refreshed Mokka X is currently the sole SUV in the Vauxhall/Opel stable, and in that respect, they have slipped behind the competition. Things are about to change however…

AutoExpress has revealed that five new additions to their SUV range are planned by the car-maker. The first to hit the market will be a Corsa-sized vehicle, and will join the Mokka X in competing with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, and Peugeot 2008, among other.

Speculation is rife that the first of the new SUVs will make its appearance before the end of the year, and will replace the Meriva MPV, as a cross between a MPV and an SUV, with a higher riding seat configuration. The plan is to construct it in Spain, as a part of GM Europe’s deal with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, and the car will be underpinned by the same PF1 platform as the current Citroen C4 Cactus and Peugeot 2008, where as the next generation of French vehicles will utilise the new Common Modular Platform architecture, co-designed with DongFeng.

Competing with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadiar and effectively replacing the Zafira with a five/seven seat configuration as a cross between a MPV and SUV, there will be an Astra sized crossover too which will share PSA’s EMP platform with the forthcoming 3008 and 5008. Likely to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year, it’s likely to be built at the Peugeot plant in Sochaux, France and will use PSA and GM petrol and diesel engines, in addition to a plug-in hybrid.

Mary Barra, GM’s CEO confirmed a couple of years ago, that a flagship SUV would provide Opel/Vauxhall with a true rival to the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It will be placed above the Insignia in the company’s range of models, and will share tech with a new Buick and Cadillac SUV.

Finally, a Vauxhall/Opel Adam X will complete the brand’s new SUV line-up aimed at taking on the forthcoming SEAT mii X-Periance. It’s expected to feature a bright, fashionable design with plenty of personalisation options. It’s also expected to use an electric powertrain.

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