Report – Opel to start paying attention to SUV segment, heads off with Astra crossover image

The German automaker, and its British Vauxhall subsidiary, will be leading an SUV blitz in the near future, and according to the latest report on the matter the first foray will be an Astra-based crossover.

The model will be declined in five and seven-seater versions, and the automakers will enjoy a five-model SUV lineup by the end of the decade in a bid to take part in the ongoing SUV boom. The all-new Astra-based crossover will be going against the compact powerhouses, such as the Nissan Qashqai or the VW Tiguan. The German and British brands need to quickly catch up to the rest of the competitors and their SUV range currently only has one model in its stable – the recently facelifted Mokka X. GM Europe’s brands need to quickly reassess the strategy as their usual MPV strong sellers – the Meriva and Zafira – have been hit by the SUV rise.

There will also be a Corsa-based model joining the Mokka in a bid to better rival models such as the Nissan Juke or Toyota HR-V – it could reach production status really quickly after being showcased before the end of the year. The model will benefit from the GM – PSA alliance and share the platform with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C4 Cactus, and be produced in Spain. The Astra-based crossover will in turn replace the Zafira MPV just like the Corsa-sized model replaces the Meriva, and will be pitted against models such as the newly arrived Skoda Kodiaq.

Via Auto Express