General Motors’ European unit Opel is planning to launch a new crossover SUV as its flagship in 2017, according to a new report, one inspired by the brand’s Monza concept unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The report was first published by Auto Bild (via Automotive News), and also mentions that the new crossover will be built at Opel’s main plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] new CEO Mary Barra recently confirmed that production of an additional model would be added to the Rüsselsheim plant, but didn’t say what it was. The plant currently produces Opel’s Insignia range-topper and from next year it will also build the Zafira MPV.

Engines are to include gasoline and diesel units shared with the Insignia and pricing is expected to start at around 26,000 euros (approximately $35,820), positioning it only slightly above the Insignia, which starts at 24,130 euros ($33,242).

Importantly, with the link between Opel and Buick growing stronger, the new crossover is expected to spawn a slightly revised version for the Buick brand. The new crossover is said to be around 5,000 millimeters in length, which comes close to matching the 5,126-millimeter length of the existing Buick Enclave, suggesting that it may serve as the existing Enclave’s replacement. This makes sense since as early as 2011 it's been reported that the next Enclave would be sold in Europe as an Opel.

Stay tuned for an update.


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