VAUXHALL is reviving a popular SUV model after a 20-year hiatus to replace the Crossland.
The new motor, which will be radically overhauled as an EV, is set to be properly unveiled in the coming weeks.
The brand announced that a new electric alternative of the 4×4 is set to debut by the end of the year.
This will come in the form of the resurrected Frontera, the last of which rolled off production lines in 2004.
It will debut as a chunkier, more rugged design than the Crossland, in a callback to its original run.
But camouflaged images show it to be a good deal sleeker than the boxy ’90s model.
The Frontera will only be available in a five-door, five-seat spec and looks to rival the Dacia Duster in terms of target market – customers “with an active lifestyle and families”.
Vauxhall has promised an “attractive price”, expected to be in the low £20,000s, as well as “clever, functional features.
Deliveries are expected to commence at the back end of 2024.
It is part of Vauxhall’s strategy to offer electric versions of its entire lineup, with EV variants of the Astra, Corsa and Vivaro already on sale.
The Frontera will be accompanied by the release of the as-yet-unnamed replacement for the larger Grandland SUV, which again will offer an EV option.
Vaxhall’s Managing Director, James Taylor, said: “The name ‘Frontera’ is ideally suited to our exciting new SUV model.
“It will have a confident character and be positioned right in the core of the market.”
As for the Crossland, the manufacturer remains tight-lipped on its future, though it has not indicated an intent to scrap it.
The model has experienced relative sales success, shifting over 90,000 units in 2020 and over 80,000 in 2021.
Instead, it is possible that the Crossland and Frontera could co-exist in the brand’s range.
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