The auto industry is abuzz with speculation that Opel is set to reveal a new Astra Cross, a ruggedized crossover SUV reportedly based on the Astra hatchback platform. But, some industry watchers have cast doubt on the validity of such rumors, suggesting that the vehicle could in fact be a mule for an altogether different, yet-to-be-unveiled SUV.
The rumors began when a series of leaked images revealed a vehicle that bore a striking resemblance to the Astra hatchback, albeit with a more robust, SUV-like exterior. The vehicle was also seen being tested in public, with some sources claiming that it was being tested in the same location as the Astra hatchback itself.
This led to speculation that the vehicle was a prototype for the new Astra Cross. However, some industry experts have suggested that the vehicle could in fact be a mule for an all-new SUV model, with the Astra Cross body being used to disguise the true identity of the test mule. This theory is backed up by the fact that the vehicle was seen being tested alongside the Astra hatchback, which could indicate that the two vehicles share some of the same hardware.
Furthermore, the vehicle in question was seen sporting a much more rugged suspension setup than the Astra hatchback, which could suggest that it was being tested for off-road capabilities, something that the Astra Cross is not expected to offer.
Ultimately, only time will tell what the vehicle really is. If it turns out to be the Astra Cross, it could be a welcome addition to the Opel lineup. If not, then we may have to wait a while longer before we get to see what Opel has in store for us.