Added: 31 August 2018
Vauxhall have showcased their latest pioneering concept car that gives an idea of the brands design language for the future.
The brand have lifted the lid off their all-new concept car which they have named the GT X Experimental, with its influence set to take shape on Vauxhall models throughout the 2020s. The concept car is a truly unique design that has been described as being a five-door, Coupe-inspired compact SUV that also happens to be fully electric.
New Vauxhall Concept
The concept itself is not expected to make production. Instead it has been used as a platform to showcase the direction in which Vauxhall looks to be moving. A blueprint that could inspire several different models from specific aspects, rather than one taken from the core. This can be seen already with a whole host of design aspects having been taken to use on the next generation Corsa, Mokka and Astra.
The ‘electrification’ of the car market comes as no surprise. There has been a continual push for a more sustainable, and green method of fuelling our cars for some time. In recent years this has escalated quickly, and Vauxhall has vowed to ensure that every model across the line-up will be on sale with an electrified version by 2024. The GT X Experimental is a key component in that as it opens the door to how Vauxhall plan on achieving this, with full EV’s clearly in sight with the all-electric Vauxhall Corsa heading to showrooms in 2020.
Given that the concept is trying to showcase a range of Vauxhalls future capabilities, it will come as no surprise that the GT X Experimental falls at the shorter scale of the SUV market, measuring in at just over four metres. Sitting below the chassis is a fully-electric foundation that is powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery.
Future of Vauxhall
The GT X Experimental gives us a strong indication of the aesthetic design that Vauxhall will be leaning towards over the next decade or so. The basis for the design is focussed on the ‘Vauxhall Compass’, which uses distinct horizontal and vertical axes to create a cross-shaped facia. The Vauxhall design team have installed bold vertical lines running the length of the GT X Experimental’s ‘face’ which contrast heavily with the horizontal headlights installed either side. This theme isn’t just utilised at the front either as the rear gets the same treatment. The ‘Vauxhall Visor’ has also been introduced. The ‘Visor’ features a sheet of plexiglass that covers the width of the front end that plays host to all the front features that allow for semi-autonomous driving such as the headlights, sensors, camera and badge. Both the ‘Compass’ and ‘Visor’ are elements to the GT X Experimental that you can be sure to see on production Vauxhall’s of the future.
Elsewhere on the exterior design, both the front and rear get noticeably short overhangs with the bold 17”, yellow-trimmed alloys being bulked out to the very edge of the arches in a bid to increase interior space. The lower section of the car has been given a protective black cladding that hints towards off-road capabilities and at least delivers a more rugged appearance.
The GT X Experimental provides us with a clear insight into both the design and electric-inspired future of the Vauxhall range. We can’t wait to see the models that will benefit from the concept. The future for Vauxhall looks very bright indeed.