Image hints at a concept car, expected to be fully revealed later this year, that will represent Vauxhall’s future design direction
The concept, which could be fully revealed at this year’s Paris motor show but has been shown only in images so far, features the familiar, scythe-shaped daytime running lights that feature on the brand’s current models. This is the only design detail to have been revealed so far.
The car takes the form of a low-slung model, with a long bonnet that features a more pronounced central crease than the Insignia‘s and a shallow glass area that harks back to Opel sports cars of old. However, the concept is depicted under a sheet, so it’s not yet clear whether it’s a two or four-door model.
A lesser focus on the grille in what design details can be seen suggests that the brand’s design will focus more upon EVs – confirmed by Vauxhall’s plan for the eCorsa in 2020. The Corsa is currently the UK’s fifth-best-selling car, making it Vauxhall’s and the PSA Group’s best-seller.
The lights stretch almost the full width of the new concept’s front, too, suggesting that Vauxhall will abandon the tall, central grille it currently uses and revert back to a wider grille – as seen on the Firenza also featured in the image – for its conventionally powered cars.
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller revealed that Vauxhall and its sister brand will still share designs in the future and that they are still “finding a new face right now”.
Despite the concept having the appearance of a sports car, Opel-Vauxhall does not have any immediate plans to launch a halo model, said Lohscheller. “They might become a little easier for us as part of a bigger group, but we would have to find intelligent solutions,” he said.
The PSA Group aims to return Opel-Vauxhall to profit by 2020, with an operating margin of 2%, and increase that to 6% by 2026.