Last week it was reported Opel and Vauxhall’s new owners, PSA Groupe, had officially frozen development on all projects begun under General Motors. It’s not an uncommon practice as the French automakers will spend 100 days to comb over the future product and likely merge vehicles and use its own technology.
The one confirmed victim of this thus far is Opel’s range-topping crossover, which was expected to share underpinnings with the 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport. With Opel’s luxury crossover chopped, as does Holden’s version. Motoring reports plans for a Holden version of the Opel crossover—often referred as the Monza—have been shelved for good.
The luxury crossover was first confirmed by Opel in 2014 while under GM ownership and was expected to appear before the end of this decade. If the crossover was indeed to ride on the Insignia’s platform, it would have been E2 based. We’ve heard the upcoming Cadillac XT4 will also ride on the E2 platform, which means the crossover likely would have been related. Other intel points to the crossover-dedicated C1XX platform as would-have-been potential architecture.
Without a Holden variant of the crossover, it leaves the Australian brand with the Holden Trailblazer and upcoming Holden Acadia and Holden Equinox as its crossover and SUV range. The Acadia will likely fit the bill as a more luxurious CUV, though Opel’s CUV project was poised to be even more luxurious.