All we know is that it’s a car. Really.
If German marque Opel was caught moving a little slower than usual, it’d be forgivable. You know how you get a little disorientated when you move into a new house? Groupe PSA bought Opel (and Vauxhall) from General Motors in March last year and, considering the vast difference in French and American management styles, we’d understand if some of its staff were still feeling a little out of it some months on.
However, they don’t appear to have been much affected, as they’re back in the news as they begin teasing a new concept car that’s scheduled to make a full appearance before the end of the year. The Opel GT X Experimental is a big project for the brand and aims to take tenets of Opel’s identity and force evolution upon them. Interesting.
“Strong proportions, simple but sculptural surfaces, bold graphics, and rare but extremely well executed details: The 2018 Brand Concept we are preparing continues to develop the principles we explored with the GT Concept. There is a clear consistence in the way we express Opel’s values. However, we have taken several steps forward and are now setting the structure for the future face of Opel. This will be articulated around what we call the ‘Opel Compass.’” — Mark Adams, Vice President (Design), Opel
Looking at the grille (or lack of), it seems that the GT X Experimental is most probably using some kind of electric powertrain. This suspicion is further underscored by the presence of cooling vents further beneath the grille, barely noticeable in the video. Within the grille lies a few other secrets too. If you squint, you can make out an array of sensors, which likely feed a system that allows the car to drive autonomously. That’s sort of a must-have feature among concept cars these days, the ability to boast about self-driving.
Anyway. Adams says in the video that this is how Opel envisions its cars in 2025, which to us says that we’re not likely to see a production version of the GT X Experimental in a long long while, if at all. However, it’s entirely likely that with the Experimental, Opel intends to show off certain design details and technological innovations that it intends to bring to its lineup in the near(er) future, thanks to their newfound ability to lean on Groupe PSA and their extensive parts bin & technical expertise.
Stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.