Opel and UK sister brand Vauxhall never fared well under the umbrella of General Motors, posting consecutive losses every year after 1999 despite having a range of capable cars in its line-up.
However, a 2017 takeover by PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) has turned the ship around, with Opel-Vauxhall posting an operating profit of Dh2.1 billion for the first six months of the year. It’s a stark contrast from the Dh1 billion loss Opel-Vauxhall registered in 2016, the last full year when the company was under GM ownership.
And now here’s further reason to be optimistic about Opel’s future. Pictured here is the GT X concept (although its creators claim it’s “far more than just a concept car”). Conceived to showcase how an upcoming sub-compact SUV could shape up, the GT X has slinky coupe-esque proportions and a novel full-glass roof.
Despite its pint-sized dimensions (it’s 14cm shorter than the existing Mokka B-segment SUV), yet it’s claimed to offer generous seating for four and reasonable boot space. Access to the rear seats should also be simplified by the ‘suicide’ rear doors.
According to the company, the GT X was also created to signify Opel/Vauxhall’s acquisition by the PSA Group and to demonstrate that much greater design freedom is coming to the two brands’ next-gen vehicles.
The GT X is a front-wheel-drive, pure-electric car, with a 50kWh battery tucked underneath the floor. This could give the car similar range and performance to the current Nissan Leaf. The GT X concept also features Level 3 self-driving functions – in other words, it can handle all aspects of driving, but the driver must be ready to take charge at any instant.