These sketches are the first glimpses of the new Vauxhall Flextreme GT/E Concept to be unveiled at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.
The Vauxhall Flextreme GT/E uses the same range-extender hybrid vehicle technology that was first unveiled in the , albeit in a much more stylish body.
As with the Vauxhall Ampera, power comes from a 71bhp, 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, as well as a lithium ion battery pack that creates the equivalent of 160bhp. Unusually, the petrol engine does not turn the front wheels directly, but is instead used to power the electric motor. This helps the GT/E achieve an impressive range of more than 300 miles while producing less than 40g/km of CO2. The combined fuel consumption figure is a staggering 175mpg.
Green in body and in platform?
Vauxhall reckons the clean, uncluttered body contours of the GT/E will help it achieve a drag co-efficient of just 0.22Cd. That means it will slip through the air with ease, improving fuel consumption. The car also uses energy-saving LED lights.
Will it make production?
The Vauxhall Flextreme GT/E is just a concept for now, but it shows that Vauxhall/Opel Group is ready to extend its green technology to a number of vehicles, both large and small.
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