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Opel shows off its new shape

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 4:42pm

Opel’s new brand concept vehicle the Opel GT X Experimental is a bold, 4.06 metre, five-door, all-electric compact SUV with coupé appeal and brimming with innovative ideas.

The GT X Experimental embodies Opel’s values and vision and lays the foundation for the product side of the strategic Pace! plan presented last November.

While profound work on the industrial, financial and sales structures of the company is already leading to increased profitability and efficiency, Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller also launched a ‘work stream’ on Opel’s identity in order to perfectly define what Opel models will be in the future. The GT X Experimental is the first tangible result of this process.

He said: “We have a very clear vision of how we will navigate the future using our Pace! plan as our compass. Focus on a strong brand identity defined by our values – German, approachable, exciting – plays an integral role in our return to sustainable success.

“Our brand concept vehicle shows how these values will come to life in our products in the future. In absolutely breath-taking fashion, our engineering and design teams have sculpted these pillars into the Opel GT X Experimental. It gives a clear idea of how we see Opel’s future mobility offer,” said Michael Lohscheller.

Opel decided to symbolically embody its vision for its future automobiles in a compact SUV of just 4,063 millimetres in length (wheelbase: 2,625mm; width: 1,830mm; height including antenna: 1,528mm).

The Opel GT X Experimental is built on a lightweight architecture, has a reduced footprint and drives on 17 inch wheels that visually look much larger, so as to maximise road comfort but also look stunning.

Reflecting the Pace! plan promise of offering electrified versions of each Opel model as soon as 2024, the GT X Experimental is a fully electric car with power delivered by a 50kWh, compact next-generation lithium-ion battery with inductive charging.

Focusing on making innovations accessible, it does not pretend to offer full autonomous driving but has level 3 autonomous driving functions – meaning it can handle all aspects of driving but the driver must be able to respond to a request to intervene.

The designers have also created a new Opel face that expresses the company’s pioneering spirit: the Opel Vizor. The Opel Vizor is a full, single module that frames all of the high-tech and brand elements such as the LED blitz emblem that shows the car’s operation state by lighting up in different colours, the LED matrix headlights, the wing-shaped daytime running lights as well as all cameras and sensors of the assistance systems and autonomous driving functions under darkly tinted plexiglass.

The elegant module boldly stretches across the front of the car right under the bonnet. The new, distinctive Opel Vizor is set to be a hallmark design element for all Opel models later in the 2020s.

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