General Motors CEO Mary Barra has confirmed a new SUV will be built at Opel’s plant in Russelsheim, Germany. The new SUV will be Opel’s second flagship, alongside the Insignia, and is part of GM’s 245 million euro investment in the Russelsheim plant, which Barra first announced in March of this year.
With GM’s plans to continue to further align its Opel and Buick brands, it seems logical to think this new Opel flagship SUV will make the transatlantic swim to North America. Barra disclosed very little information on the crossover, however when we hear “flagship,” we think “full-size” which means the vehicle in question could be about 16-feet in length, or roughly the size of Buick’s current Enclave.
This Opel/Buick rumor regarding the Enclave replacement stretches all the way back to 2011, when we heard the two brands would share a next-generation flagship crossover which would slot in above the Insignia. We got wind of it again in March, and this official announcement from GM lends further credibility to the gossip.
The current-generation Enclave has been on sale since 2008, which means it could stand to be replaced in the near future. The new Opel flagship isn’t expected to be revealed until 2017, leading us to believe the Buick variant may drop first if the two brands do end up sharing the model.