The Rüsselsheim automaker wants to be more implicated in the crossover segment and will bring to the market at the end of 2017 the Zafira successor renamed Activa.
The German brand still pushes for recovery after at the start of the recession almost went bankrupt and now sees a good future in building more crossover models. After it entered the market of subcompact SUV’s with the Mokka crossover – a global model engineered by Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany and produced in Bupyeong, South Korea – the automaker is keen on taking some market value in the upper segment, with a bigger crossover.
German magazine Auto Bild reported the future Activa will be a mix of the van characteristics of Zafira and SUV qualities customers have lately come to enjoy so much.
Developed in cooperation with PSA Peugeot Citroen, the French will be responsible with the technical basis, while the all –wheel drive and infotainment features will come from GM, along with other aspects of the R&D process. Also new to the table in this class will be a host of three cylinder engines and a new dual clutch automatic transmission.
We contacted the Opel representatives on the matter but Andrew Marshall from Opel’s Technology Communications department refused to comment on the matter, so at the moment it’s safe to not just take the information by hard, as until 2017 many aspects on the matter could change. Still, as most usually such rumors are not without a base, we could just as well see a Zafira successor renamed Activa and made into a crossover.