► 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).
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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