Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept previews upcoming design

Vauxhall/Opel have revealed a new visionary concept car called the GT X Experimental, as previewed earlier. It gives us a clue of the brands’ future design direction.

The concept is pitched as a five-door, fully electric coupe-like compact SUV. So, it essentially blends almost all of the trending vehicle styles into one. It measures 4.06m in length, 1.83m wide, and 1.53m tall including the antenna.

Being a concept car there are plenty of unconventional elements. Some of these include engraved triangles along the sill under the driver’s door, with one of them incorporating a hexagonal LCD screen that shows the charge level.

There’s also unique 17-inch alloy wheels that wear special tall-walled dark blue tyres, rear-hinged doors that open to 90 degrees for easy access, and an LED Griffin emblem. Speaking about the styling, vice president of design, Mark Adams, said:

“The Vauxhall GT X Experimental embodies the spirit of our core brand values. It’s an approachable concept that people can identify with. It confidently combines a pure and bold design execution with progressive technology that makes life easier. Clearly, this vehicle signals a very exciting future for the brand.”

Power comes from a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing an undisclosed output. The brands aren’t specific about the range or charging times either, but they confirm the concept does come with level 3 autonomous driving capability.

Although the GT X won’t go into production as is, various elements, including the design, are set to inspire future showroom models by Opel and Vauxhall. Vauxhall group managing director Stephen Norman said:

“Vauxhall is defiantly not a prestige brand, and not a ‘me-too’ brand. But we make great cars, and people buy them because of their value, approachability, ingenuity and progressiveness. The GT X Experimental picks up on these reasons for purchase, reinforces them, and creates a clear template for design elements in Vauxhall production cars of the future.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.