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Vauxhall crossovers set for 2017 launch

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Vauxhall Mokka

Pair of new Vauxhall crossovers are expected to sit each side of the revamped Mokka X.

The next 18-months could see the launch of two new Vauxhall crossovers, which should sit on each side of the newly facelifted Mokka X.

It is thought that the new Vauxhall crossovers will be roughly Astra and Corsa sized and both will share the Mokka’s X badging, which is the new indicator for the soft-roaders being produced by GM Europe.

The C Crossover looks set to be Astra-sized but there is speculation that this larger vehicle is being co-developed alongside the Peugeot 3008, explaining why it has been spotted testing in Europe wearing a French-style disguise. It is known that Vauxhall/Opel are collaborating with Peugeot Citroen in certain projects.

The plans are part of GMs commitment to the booming SUV market. The small crossover class occupied by the Mokka X accounted for under one per cent of market share during 2010 but by 2015 this figure had rocketed to 7.5 per cent.

Five-strong Vauxhall family

There is expected to be a five-strong line-up of Vauxhall SUVs by the end of 2019, including the Astra-sized vehicle which should become a rival to the Nissan Qashqai.

The first new vehicle should be the Corsa-sized car, which will join the Mokka to take on the Nissan Juke. This is expected to be revealed before this year’s end and should replace the Meriva MPV.

The PSA Peugeot-Citroen link with GM Europe means that the new car is set to share the same platform as the Citroen C4 Cactus and the Peugeot 2008.

The next generation 2008 and Cactus, together with a new compact DS SUV, are set to sit on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) architecture but the older PF1 is to be used on the new SUVs in the first place to prevent unnecessary delays.

The Astra-sized crossover, meanwhile, will replace the Vauxhall Zafira MPV and will be another mix of MPV and SUV. It will sit on the same PSA EMP2 platform as the new 5008 and 3008s.

The Corsa-sized car should be built in Spain but the larger vehicle is set to be created alongside the 5008s and 3008s in the PSA factory at Sochaux in France.

This new family crossover could make its first official public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next autumn and sales may start at the beginning of the following year.

It is likely to boast a combination of GM and PSA engines, including entry-level turbocharged petrols and a 2.0 diesel. As a result of the PSA tie-up, there may also be some use of the electrification technology in the EMP2, leading to the creation of a hybrid plug-in car with a rear electric axle and petrol-driven wheels at the front.

Flagship plans set for fruition

Also on the agenda is a flagship SUV, which was first announced in 2014 by Mary Barra, the GM CEO. This large SUV should take on the Land Rover Discovery Sport and be positioned above the Insignia. It may even be underpinned by an extended variant of the new Insignia’s platform and could share technology with a new Buick SUV and a Cadillac.

An Adam X crossover will complete the plans and will become a rival to the predicted SEAT Mii X-Perience.

GM has committed to investing in 17 new engines for its European cars before 2020 and some are already being featured in the new Astras and Corsas. This investment should ensure that the new SUVs are among the most efficient available.

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