Opel has plans to introduce a large SUV/crossover vehicle to serve as its flagship model, according to a report from German automotive publication Auto Bild.
The new SUV would go into production 2017 and start at 26,000 euros, positioning it slightly above the largest model in Opel’s current range, the Insignia mid-sized sedan.
The crossover is referred to internally as the Monza, the same nomenclature given to Opel’s rakish concept coupe unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The new SUVs body shape will reportedly be different than that of the Monza concept, but will adopt styling elements and design cues from the vehicle including similar headlights and air inlets.
The new SUV will be built at Opel’s plant in Russelsheim, Germany. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said a new model will be added to the Russelsheim plant’s production line during a visit to the factory in January, but declined to give any details on the new model citing “competitive reasons”.
The Monza SUV will reportedly share a platform with a Buick model and is expected to be just under 5000mm in length. It will have both gasoline and diesel engines on offer.