Show car hints at Opel and Vauxhall’s design language for future models launching in the 2020s.
Vauxhall has revealed the GT X Experimental concept, which is said to preview the brand’s next-generation design language for models arriving next decade.
The vehicle itself is a futuristically-styled small coupe crossover concept powered by an all-electric drivetrain. Overseas publications, like Auto Express, reckon the GT X Experimental is a mix of every potential new model Opel and Vauxhall have in the pipeline.
What we can definitely expect to see more of, though, is the brand’s new ‘Compass’ face – a large badge on the grille and distinctive LED daytime-running lights on a horizontal axis intersected by a strong vertical line running up the bonnet. This motif is repeated at the rear with the badging and tail-lights.
Meanwhile, the fascia is dominated by what is known as the ‘Visor’, which is a single sheet of plexiglass that spreads the width of the vehicle’s face. This element not only houses the headlights, but also the sensors and cameras for semi-autonomous systems.
Vauxhall says the Compass and Visor design cues will feature on several upcoming models, with the latter most likely reserved for electric vehicles as they don’t require a traditional grille.
Under the skin is a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack supporting an electric drive system. Reports indicate that the battery specification and its dimensions suggest the GT X Experimental is based on parent PSA”s e-CMP platform, which has been designed to support compact vehicles with battery packs up to 50kWh in capacity.
The PSA Group has already committed to four EV models based on the e-CMP architecture before 2021 – including EV versions of the Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208.
Access to the cabin is provided by suicide doors that open to reveal a four-seater layout and a minimalist dashboard design dominated by a large display that incorporates the driver’s instruments and infotainment system.
The visor-style shape of the display echoes the design of the GT X’s front fascia, and the lack of B-pillar not only looks cool but allows for easier access into the second row – don’t expect to see the latter on a production model anytime soon, though.
While not obvious in the photos, there’s additional screens on each side of the dashboard to support the side-mounted cameras that act as side mirrors.
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