The sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Groupe may have its first victim: a flagship crossover. Opel had long been planning to use a General Motors platform to underpin a range-topping crossover for its portfolio, but PSA has reportedly put the project on hold.
The report comes from Auto Express after General Motors officially closed the sale of the two brands on August 1, 2017. Day-to-day activities haven’t changed at either Opel or Vauxhall, but sources tell the publication a flagship crossover is stillborn for the time being. The crossover was likely going to use the C1XX platform that underpins the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5.
PSA Groupe is expected to freeze all projects under Opel and Vauxhall that were begun under GM ownership in order to reevaluate and consolidate its own technologies, engines and platforms. The Opel Corsa F may be the first vehicle to arise from the brand’s new French owners.
Additionally, Opel is rumored to be preparing a 300 horsepower Astra OPC with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s unclear if the engine would be a GM or PSA unit, though, with this latest news, it seems like it may be the latter.