The sale of Opel and Vauxhall to France’s PSA Groupe may officially seal off any future supply deals from Opel to Holden, and that means the recently revealed Grandland X is a no-go for Australia.
The Opel Grandland X will serve as a much-needed replacement for the Antara crossover, also known as the Holden Captiva in Australia. The latest crossover was born from a prior GM-PSA alliance, meaning the Grandland X rides on French architecture over a GM-derived platform.
So, what’s happening with the Holden Captiva then? While Opel was slated to be tied more closely than ever to Australian brand, following the closure of its manufacturing operations this fall, it looks like North America will be Holden’s ally. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will eventually make its way down under as a Captiva 5 replacement, while the 2017 GMC Acadia will serve as a seven-seat option for Holden’s portfolio. Both complement the refreshed Holden Trailblazer.
The same situation can be said for Buick. North Americans won’t see the Grandland X in any way, shape or form, as the tri-shield brand told us it’s pretty content with its three-crossover strategy for now.