Opel ‘will become a completely different brand within the next 12 months’ with the biggest launch line-up in the company’s 117-year history, according to its chief executive officer Karl-Thomas Neumann.
Seven new models will be launched, headlined by the Crossland X, a new crossover to join Opel’s Mokka X SUV .
Vauxhall chairman and managing director Rory Harvey told AM-online: ‘The Crossland X will sit next to the Mokka X in our range, but their identities will be well-defined, and we anticipate that each will have its own following.’
Another major launch is the Ampera-e. The electric vehicle (EV) will have a range of more than 500km, more than the majority of competitors on the market, as electric vehicles push to dispel criticisms of range anxiety.
Three new Insignia models will also bolster Opel’s D-segment range.
The final two new additions are a new variant of the Opel Vivaro van and a new compact-class crossover which has yet to be named, but will be appended by the suffix ‘X’.
Neumann said crossover utility vehicles are the ‘clear trend’ in the C and D segments while traditional MPVs are losing share.
Opel will use the letter ‘X’ in the names of all of its new SUVs and CUVs to distinguish them from conventional body styles.
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