New 2019 Vauxhall range-topping SUV | CAR Magazine

A taste of Vauxhalls to come: 2019 halo SUV teased

Published: 10 November 2017 Updated: 10 November 2017

► New range-topping SUV
► Nameless but due in 2019
► What we know so far

It was momentarily flashed up during the Vauxhall/Opel Pace turnaround plan announcement, but this is our first look at the Griffin’s new 2019 progressive crossover range-topper. 

This shadowy teaser reveals a top-end SUV, one of the nine new bodystyles and models being readied for launch by 2020, including ‘one major new launch per year.’

It’s understood to be a seven-seater, based on the underpinnings of the Peugeot 5008 and a PHEV plug-in hybrid powertrain is expected as Vauxhall accelerates its electrification strategy.

This solitary front three-quarters photograph suggests no little stylistic flourish, with overtones of the GT Concept Coupe from 2016 in the light graphic and facial features (below).

The Opel GT Coupe Concept from 2016

Vauxhall/Opel platform strategy

Vauxhall and sister brand Opel are radically overhauling their platform strategy; essentially, it’s bye-bye to GM-era architectures, and hello to PSA’s two platforms, dubbed CMP and EMP2.

The new range-topper will be based on EMP2 (like the Grandland X) and bosses confirmed this new range-topping ‘SUV is planned for Eisenach in 2019… The allocation of new powertrains in Opel/Vauxhall manufacturing sites will accompany the shift from GM to Groupe PSA engines and transmissions.’

The new owners are accelerating the switch, slimming down today’s nine platforms to just two – and they’re promising this reduction will be completed by 2024.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words