Vauxhall GT X Experimental Concept to preview future of the brand

Post its PSA buyout, the GT X concept is our first clear look ahead at Vauxhall’s future

Vauxhall has released images and details of the GT X Experimental Concept - a compact SUV concept with an EV powertrain that is said to preview the future of Vauxhall design. While this may seem to be a fairly unoriginal idea by usual concept car standards, the GT X is in fact an important car for the British marque, as it is the first concept car since its purchase by the French parent company of Peugeot and Citroen, PSA. As a result, the brand’s revitalisation is now firmly in the works, and this concept is our first look at what we might reasonably expect from a future French-owned Vauxhall.  

The first, and perhaps most dramatic design element that the GT X Experimental introduces is what Vauxhall calls the ‘Visor’, a black plexiglass panel at the front of the car amalgamating the headlights, DRLs, badge and driver-aid hardware into a single sleek graphic. Vauxhall has confirmed that this element will find its way onto production models, forming the centre of the brands forthcoming design language.

> Click here for our look at the Corsa GSi

Move along the car’s flank, and you’ll see the upper and lower body sections have been separated by a yellow detail line, a feature we should also see on future production models, while the overall surfacing has been simplified compared to Vauxhall’s current design language.

The reason for this simplification has been explained by Vauxhall’s Vice President of Design, Mark Adams, in what he calls a ‘visual detox’. By reducing unnecessary details in order to simplify the design both visually and technically, it reflects Vauxhalls accessible nature as a mainstream manufacturer. An example of such an element are the small 17-inch wheels that have been designed to mimic much larger and more marketing-friendly 20-inch wheels, and a reduction of separate body panels, exemplified by the fusion of the rear door and quarter panel. 

This new design ethos will be seen for the first time in production on the all-new Corsa due next year. Although it won’t be the first model to be based on a PSA platform (there have been a couple of Vauxhall SUVs already twinned off Peugeot platforms from a previous technical agreement), it will be the first all-new model released since the takeover last year.

The French conglomerate has been been on a roll lately too, with recent Peugeots impressing us with their quality, clever interiors and capable, sometimes even entertaining handling. A future Vauxhall hot hatch is also in good hands, as the current 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport is the most exciting supermini hot hatch in a generation, and should provide an impressive reference point for a future Corsa VXR. The GT X Concept might only be a look towards Vauxhall’s future, but for the first time in ages, there seems to be a bit of enthusiasm behind the griffin badge.

Recommended

Alpine A4810 Concept – hydrogen-powered supercar design from IED students
Alpine A4810 – front
Alpine

Alpine A4810 Concept – hydrogen-powered supercar design from IED students

Alpine’s concept has been designed by students completing their master’s degrees in transportation design at Turin’s IED
22 Mar 2022
DS E-Tense Performance concept revealed – Formula E-based concept debuts
DS E-Tense Performance – side top
DS

DS E-Tense Performance concept revealed – Formula E-based concept debuts

Premium French brand DS is leveraging its success in Formula E to create the E-Tense Performance concept
7 Feb 2022
Subaru STI E-RA Challenge Project concept reveals FIA E-GT ambitions
Subaru STI E-RA Concept – front quarter
Subaru

Subaru STI E-RA Challenge Project concept reveals FIA E-GT ambitions

Subaru’s ‘near-future’ concept racing car has been designed to FIA E-GT regs
14 Jan 2022
Porsche Vision Gran Turismo concept revealed
Porsche Vision Gran Turismo concept – front quarter
Porsche

Porsche Vision Gran Turismo concept revealed

Porsche’s design team have entered the virtual world with the newest GT Vision concept
6 Dec 2021

Most Popular

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years debuts – is this the Mk8 range-topper we’ve been waiting for?
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – front
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years debuts – is this the Mk8 range-topper we’ve been waiting for?

Small tweaks across the engine, gearbox and chassis could all add up to make a real difference
24 May 2022
1750bhp SSC Tuatara achieves 295mph top speed
SSC Tuatara
News

1750bhp SSC Tuatara achieves 295mph top speed

Still quite some way off 2020’s debunked 331mph claim, a recent 295mph verified pass is impressive nonetheless
25 May 2022
Maserati MC20 Cielo debuts – new rival to the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
Maserati MC20 Cielo – front top tracking
Maserati

Maserati MC20 Cielo debuts – new rival to the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

The third pillar of the MC20 range after the coupe and Folgore EV is this Cielo Spyder
25 May 2022