The SUV, crossover phase is looking to be a permanent shift in many markets, as automaker struggle to keep up with demand for the latest product. Opel-Vauxhall knows this, and have reiterated plans to expand its current minuscule lineup of CUVs.
“One of our major weaknesses is that we don’t have a great SUV portfolio. We have one SUV, the Mokka, and it’s very successful, so we want more,” Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann stated, speaking to Auto Express.
Neumann is speaking of the range-topping, Opel Insignia based crossover to go on sale in 2018. The large (for Europe) crossover will compete directly with the Ford Edge. The crossover will ride on the E2XX‘s CUV format, C1XX, which also support right-hand drive for a Vauxhall variant.
Regarding size, the upcoming Vauxhall-Opel crossover could share many similarities with the 2017 GMC Acadia, also riding on C1XX. The 2017 Acadia was also recently confirmed for the Holden portfolio, making it a good candidate for Vauxhall, too. If the brand takes a larger route, a re-skinned, next-generation Buick Enclave is a likely choice.