It's official: Vauxhall SUV to arrive in 2020

20 Nov, 2014 2:41pm James Batchelor

Vauxhall/Opel confirms plans for a new SUV model as part of a 27-strong product offensive

Vauxhall has confirmed it intends to build a large SUV and it’ll be on sale by 2020.

Just like Auto Express exclusively revealed last month, the GM-owned brand intends to add a trio of high-riding models to steal market share from key rivals - one of which is a large SUV. Others include replacements for the Meriva and Zafira MPVs.

Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, said that the flagship model will be produced at Opel’s headquarters in Russelsheim by 2020. Some 245 million euro will be invested in the plant to build the car, while additional investments of more than half a billion euros in the engine and transmission plants in Russelsheim, Kaiserslautern and Tychy (Poland).

The three new cars will be part of a 27-strong product offensive by Opel/Vauxhall which also includes 17 new engines.

Barra said: “Opel/Vauxhall is of high strategic importance for GM. The product offensive with 27 new models and 17 new engines has enjoyed a very successful start. These additional investments will help the brands shine again and further strengthen our position in Europe. They are a clear sign of GM’s commitment to Opel/Vauxhall, to Germany and to Europe.”