New Vauxhall GT X revealed

Futuristic Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept previews the British brand’s new family face and dashboard design...

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Steve Huntingford
21 Aug 2018 21:1 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

There are certain concept car cliches which tell you you’re looking at a vehicle that will never go into production, and this new Vauxhall GT X Experimental has the lot. Cameras instead of door mirrors: check. Rearward-opening back doors: yep. Wheels that literally try to reinvent the wheel: present and correct.

However, the fact that the GT X won’t see the inside of a showroom doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, because in addition to the standard car designer daydreaming, this electric small SUV previews Vauxhall’s new family face.

Dubbed 'Visor' and apparently inspired by the eye-slot of a crash helmet, it sees the front grille stretched the full width of the car and the headlights incorporated within it.

New Vauxhall GT X revealed

Those who remember the Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit might be experiencing some déjà vu, and there’s a link to current Vauxhalls in the scythe-shaped daytime running lights. But overall there’s no denying that Visor is a striking look that should make future Vauxhalls instantly recognisable.

The rear of the GT X Experimental is also set to influence the brand’s next-generation of cars, with it mirroring the shape of the front grille.

And reflecting Vauxhall's promise that each of its models will be available with electric or plug-in hybrid power by 2024, the GT X features a 50kWh battery pack, which could give the car range and performance figures similar to the latest Nissan Leaf's.

New Vauxhall GT X revealed

The interior of the concept is mostly a flight of fancy, but the wide instrument panel – which does away with the need for a separate infotainment screen – is likely to become a standard Vauxhall feature.

Meanwhile, the wheels on the GT X look huge at first glance, but actually have a modest 17in diameter which allows higher-profile tyres and the potential for improved ride comfort. The illusion is created by the rim extending over the tyre, although it remains to be seen whether this will go beyond the concept stage.

We’ve also had conflicting reports on whether next-year’s new Corsa hatchback will get the Visor treatment or today’s more generic look. However, the replacement for the Mokka X SUV, which is due later in 2019, definitely will feature the new design.

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New Vauxhall GT X revealed