After teasing last month a brand new concept that would preview its next generation models, Opel has finally lifted the veil off its newest study – the new Opel GT X Experimental Concept. Essentially a five-door all-electric compact sports utility vehicle with the charm of a coupe, the Opel GT X Experimental Concept provides a glimpse on how will the carmaker’s future models will look like.
Opel chose a compact SUV to represent its vision for its future vehicles as SUVs are currently the hottest-selling units on the market. Underpinned by a lightweight architecture, the Opel GT X Experimental Concept has dimensions of 4,063 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width and 1,528 mm in height (including antenna), with 2,625 mm of wheelbase.
Staying faithful to the promise of the PACE! plan to offer an electrified version of each Opel model by 2024, the new GT X Experimental is designed as a fully electric compact SUV powered by a 50 kWh compact next-gen lithium-ion battery that can be charged with inductive charging. In terms of autonomous driving technology, the GT X Experimental offers Level 3 functions. This means that the concept can drive itself on all aspect, but the driver has to intervene when requested to.
The new Opel GT X Experimental was designed with a “visual detox,” achieving achieving purity of design by simply getting rid of all unnecessary design elements. The lower and upper sections of the concept are separated by a bold Opel yellow signature accent that runs nearly its full length. The upper section -- including the bonnet, glass and roof -- features an almost black, night blue color, while the The lower are is finished in a luminous light grey.
GT X Experimental features rear-hinged rear doors that open wide to 90 degrees. Interestingly, the door handles and exterior mirrors are nowhere to be found. The exterior mirrors have been replaced by small cameras embedded in the yellow graphic on the sides of the bonnet. The concept features a sweeping panoramic roof that reaches far back to the rear seats.
The GT X Experimental pays tribute to the 1965 Opel Experimental GT, which is regarded that the first concept car from a European carmaker. The X in its name emphasizes Opel’s plan to have SUVs account for 40 percent of brand’s cars sold in 2021.