Opel boss Karl-Thomas Neumann is reportedly frustrated that the brand’s SUV range is lacking players in certain model segments, and now General Motors may be about to address his concerns.
A new large SUV could be on the way for both Opel and Vauxhall, based on the next Insignia midsized wagon.
The new model could serve as a flagship SUV and a rival to Ford’s large Edge, and may be seen in European showrooms as soon as 2018.
"One of our major weaknesses is that we don't have a great SUV portfolio,” Mr Neumann said, speaking with Auto Express.
“We have one SUV, the Mokka, and it's very successful, so we want more."
Along with the Insignia-based model, Neumann said GM would alter the styling of its next Meriva and Zafira models for Europe to make them more SUV-like.
While the pair may start to look like SUVs, they are said to remain as MPVs with a focus on interior space and flexibility.
“Then we will also do another SUV, which is our Insignia-based flagship SUV,” Mr Neumann said. “So in a few years, we will have a much better portfolio."
GM first needs to unveil its all-new Insignia range before the model can be morphed into an SUV, and the Insignia is now viewed as the likely starter for Holden as the model to wear the Commodore badge post-2017.
With Holden’s plan to source a fair portion of its future fleet from Europe, the Insignia SUV could also serve as a new large SUV model for Australia.
Ford has long been rumoured to be eyeing the Edge as its replacement for the Territory SUV, so the pair could one day battle for sales supremacy in both Europe and Australia.
As the new GM model is rumoured to be a flagship SUV, Holden may decide to continue with its sharply-priced Captiva and adopt a two-tier large SUV range.
Such a move would be far from unusual in Australia, with Ford (Everest and Territory), Toyota (Fortuner, Prado, Kluger and FJ Cruiser), Mitsubishi (Pajero and Pajero Sport) and even Holden (Captiva and Colorado 7) all offering more than one model in the local large SUV market.
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