In Brazil, where cars cost more than they should, a new term has been coined to describe regular cars that only look like crossovers: boutique-crossover. They only have the crossover appearance, but no function whatsoever. Some of them have beefier tires and a higher suspension, to cope with bumpy roads, but that is not the rule. Apparently Europe also has a taste for such cars, as the VW cross up! shows. A new vehicle will come after the Paris Motor Show to challenge the current boutique-crossovers, the Opel Karl Rocks.
The Opel Karl is 3.68 m long, 1.60 m wide, 1.48 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.39 m. It is very similar in size to the Fiat Mobi and even in what powers it: a 1.0. The difference is that, while the Karl uses a modern 3-cylinder, the Fiat still uses a 1.0 4-cylinder Fire engine. It will soon be replaced by a 1.0 3-cylinder GSE (Global Small Engine).
The Karl Rocks is 1.50 m tall due to the 18 mm (1.8 cm) increase in ride height, something that can be achieved solely with different tires. Opel does not describe how it has heightened the ride. It only says the Karl Rocks is equipped with front and rear wheelhouse mouldings, a black rear bumper, door sills, silver roof rails and 15-inch alloy wheels. These and some other internal tweaks are all the new version offers. We hope it does not pose a huge price increase over common versions when it goes on sale, by the end of the year.