Kez Casey | Nov 8, 2016

The European arm of General Motors, which includes Opel and Vauxhall, has announced that it will embark on a seven-model product offensive set to roll out during 2017.

Though the plan isn’t quite as ambitious as Holden’s similar 24 new-model plan, which began in 2015 and is set to stretch until the end of the decade, it does give some insight into the gaps yet to be filled by the Australian operation.

At the head of Opel’s plan is three variants of the Insignia: hatch, wagon, and a Subaru Outback-style crossover will make their way to local shores as the 2018 Commodore, with hatch and wagon confirmed, but a question mark hanging over the arrival of the crossover model. In Europe the current generation high-riding Insignia is labelled as the Country Tourer, but is likely to pick up a new 'X' designation as Opel and Vauxhall rework their naming structure.

2018 Holden Commodore
2018 Holden Commodore

The X suffix will also be attached to a new Crossland X model, arriving to take the place of the compact Meriva MPV as European buyers move away from compact minivans and towards small SUVs.

It will join the range alongside the Mokka X, but will share its basic mechanical package with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 as part of a model-sharing program with the PSA Group. With Holden already offering the Trax (Mokka X) here the Crossland X seems unlikely to arrive locally in the near future.

Possibly of more interest locally, a compact crossover spun from the underpinnings of the Peugeot 3008 which could slot in between the Holden Trax and the Captiva-replacing Equinox (which will itself fit into the range beneath the recently announced Acadia).

Peugeot 3008
Peugeot 3008

Built in France, the as-yet unnamed model would provide an Astra-sized small SUV with a more premium look and feel to bolster Holden’s SUV line-up.

Europe is also scheduled to receive a version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, to be called the Opel Ampera-e (with no RHD program ruling it out for Australia) as well as a new variant of the Opel Vivaro van, itself a rebadged version of the Renault Trafic - a vehicle that’s been on Holden’s wishlist for some time, but is still yet to be earmarked for Australia.

Opel Ampera-e
Opel Ampera-e

While Holden eyes off Opel’s newest offerings, North American subsidiary, Buick, will also be looking at the possibility of adding the Insignia wagon and crossover models, to fill out its Regal line.

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