Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept: details and pictures
The Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept is a flag in the ground for Vauxhall as it enters a new era: New thanks to the influx of electric and plug-in hybrid cars that it'll introduce from next year, and new since the GT X points towards the design and technology the brand will adopt under the watchful eye of new owner, PSA (which also controls Peugeot and Citroen).
It’s no flight of fancy, the GT X Experimental. Under the radical styling is a 50kWh battery pack provided by LG and arranged in ‘skateboard’ fashion along the car’s floorpan, plus an electric motor powering the front wheels.
This electric setup will feature on various cars, including the next-generation Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Citroen C4 – all of which will use the company’s modular ‘CMP’ platform. It will be a seriously mainstream powertrain, in other words.
While Vauxhall hasn't confirmed specifics of the setup and how it'll fare in the next-generation Corsa, it’d be fair to expect an official driving range of 250 miles, and power output of around 150bhp from the electric motor. Charging is likely to be done via Type 2 and CCS cables.
The GT X concept also points to a lot of design details that'll characterise the next generation of Vauxhalls. That single-piece, slanted grille is known as the ‘Visor’, and functions both as a neat way to incorporate an array of sensors and cameras for the Level 3 autonomy the company will introduce, as well as eventually becoming the brand's 'corporate face'. The neat way the Griffin badge on the back of the car forms a centre point for a horizontal and lateral crease is known as the ‘compass’ and is also set to become standard Vauxhall design language.
Inside the GT X, a slim steering wheel features an LED Griffin logo that self-centres as you turn the wheel – a neat trick that’s mirrored by the LED logos in the car’s alloy wheel hubs. There’s also a single, large, panoramic colour touchscreen in an interior that’s otherwise button-free, which hints strongly at the more minimal interiors being planned for production Vauxhalls.
Of course, the GT X Experimental also tells a tale of a small SUV. This concept is only just over four metres long, which is smaller than the current Vauxhall Crossland and Mokka, and while Vauxhall is adamant the next Corsa will be a straightforward hatchback and won’t bear any of the GT X's SUV style aspects, it seems reasonable to speculate that Vauxhall and PSA might be considering a micro-SUV.
While rear-hinged back doors, camera side mirrors and even inductive charging are features of the GT X that we won’t see in the near future, there’s plenty about this concept to suggest a full reinvention for the rather downtrodden British brand is finally here. Certainly, if the electric Vauxhalls due to start arriving from next year in the form of the eCorsa and plug-in hybrid Grandland X can capture something of the GT X’s edginess and design appeal, it should be on to a winner.