Vauxhall is going to expand their SUV lineup with five different models and the new Astra Crossover will be the first of many.
The upcoming crossover will rival the Nissan Qashqai and is to feature all the latest upgrades including a fully connected infotainment system, posh interiors coupled with a reliable powertrain. There is a significant increase in the demand for SUVs and all top brands are slowly catching up. Opel is not in its best position as they launched the Mokka X but there aren’t enough crossovers available to lure customers into the brand.
Vauxhall would avoid such a dearth of choice and is about to offer its buyers different SUVs to pick what they like the most. The MPV category is also losing its sales forcing automobile manufacturers to join the new league of crossover SUVs. A Corsa sized model is heading to stores soon to compete against the Nissan Juke.
Rumors indicate that Vauxhall will launch it before the end of the year, possibly at the 2016 Paris Auto Expo. The Vauxhall Meriva MPV is the one that is going to be replaced by the upcoming variant. The MPV is at its lowest possible sales demand a quick replacement so that the brand could start making some revenue. The upcoming compact SUV is constructed on the PF1 platform which is already used by the Citroen C4 Cactus and the Peugeot 2008.
We expect that the new car will have a higher seat placement similar to a large SUV. Vauxhall has plans to develop a new platform and build all their future models in it so that they look relevant in the long run. However, in order to avoid any delays, all upcoming small SUVs will be using the existing PF1 platform. It allows the automobile manufacturer to save time and roll out their first generation vehicles as soon as possible.
A large Astra-sized car is also in the talks. If confirmed, it will be a combination of a MPV and a SUV with a unique sizing that offers enough headroom for the passengers yet is compact to drive around. The family crossover is heading to the Frankfurt motor show next year. After the official launch, the car will find its way to stores in the first half of 2018.
Some of the future models from Vauxhall are expected to make use of EMP2’s electrification so that the cars could be plug-in hybrid models featuring both a petrol engine and an electric motor.