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Yet more Opel SUV’s heading for SA?

  • All-new crossover for booming SUV segment
  • Elevated seating, spacious interior
  • Comprehensive infotainment features
GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK
GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK

LUTON, England – It bears an uncanny similarity to other current Opel/GM/Vauxhall products of recent times but nevertheless this is the 2017 Crossland X, a “spacious and flexible” SUV with two-tone paintwork and SUV-styling.

These are the first pictures of a vehicle that could be coming to South Africa. A spokesman for GM SA told The Corner: “We’re considering some of the new products from GM, including the Crossland X. However, it is too early to say whether they will be introduced to our market.”

“This newcomer,” Vauxhall said from the plant near London, “adds a second vital ingredient to our burgeoning SUV range which will grow during 2017 with the launch of the larger Grandland X later in 2017.

GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK
GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK

“While the Crossland X’s recently-launched sibling, the Mokka X, has all-wheel drive capability, is 70mm higher and has larger wheels for buyers with a taste for adventure, the Crossland X has a firm family focus with its cabin providing a high degree of practicality / flexibility.”

ELEVATED SEATING

The 4.21m-long Crossland X is more compact than the Mokka X and 16cm shorter than an Astra Hatch – a benefit, Vauxhall believes, for towns and cities. Buyers might not mind that so much when they try its elevated seating position and overall height – about 10cm taller than an Astra.

The automaker sees the Crossland X immediate rivals to be the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008; the Mokka X’s competitors the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti (n/a in South Africa).

“Exceptional driver and passenger comfort was an obvious priority for a car entering this class,” Vauxhall said. “The Crossland X has special adjustment mechanism for the seats to increase legroom. This flexibility is equally valuable for luggage space, already a class-leading 410 litres with the rear seats up.

“The flexibility of the rear seats allows the luggage volume to be increased if luggage trumps legroom.”

GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK
GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK

Other innovations in the Crossland X include a 180-degree rear-view camera, advanced parking assistance, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and blind-spot alerts.

INTELLILINK INFO SYSTEM

The cutting-edge technology is not limited to driver assistance and crash avoidance / mitigation features: drivers will also benefit, Vauxhall says, “through exceptional connectivity that is becoming the norm in Vauxhall models”.

IntelliLink, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keeps drivers connected in a convenient and responsible way through an up to 20cm colour touchscreen. An extensive petrol/diesel engine portfolio with manual or auto transmission.

Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s chairman and MD, told The Corner in a media release: “The Crossland X is as multi-talented as it is stylish. It will appeal to families which want urban agility and convenience with enough comfort and performance to cover long distance. Customers’ expectations are changing so our timing is perfect for an additional model in the Vauxhall range – one for a new breed of buyer.”

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Since 2012 the Mokka (recently replaced by a Mokka X) has found more than 120 000 buyers in the UK, its biggest market in Europe. Vauxhall sees the Crossland X as bringing more growth when it goes on sale later in 2017 – a year in which, the automaker says, wil see five more major product launches.

GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK
GM CROSSLAND X Image: Vauxhall UK

For starters, the Crossland X will be joined by another of the ‘X’ family, the larger Grandland X to compete in the compact SUV class as “a true urban crossover with bold design in a compact, balanced package”.

The X will measure 4.22m x 1.76m x 1,6m tall for, the automaker says, “a dominant stance and balanced proportions” with a rugged, yet sophisticated, appearance”.

From the front, it is recognisably a Vauxhall, with a prominent grille featuring the iconic Griffin, as well as Vauxhall’s signature LED daytime running lights. Chrome accents coupled with AFL LED headlights give the perception of extra width and additional features taken from larger SUV models give the model a confident appearance.

INSTRUMENTS TO HORIZONTAL

The prominent rear of the Crossland X is seen as “making a clear SUV statement with its visible underbody protection”.

The instrument panel and centre stack have been horizontally aligned to the driver; high-quality finishes include chromed accents around the cluster and air vents while a touchscreen is the centrepiece.

LIGHTING AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

“In a segment where safety is a key concern,” Vauxhall says, “the Crossland X makes journeys more relaxing and safer with the latest technology and driving assistance systems. Among them are:

  • Adaptive forward lighting with diode main lights
  • Head-up display
  • 180-degree rear-view camera and parking assistance
  • Front collision alert with pedestrian detection and auto braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Speed-limit sign recognition
  • Blind-spot alerts
  • Cruise control / speed limiter
  • Heatable steering-wheel and windscreen
  • Keyless open and ignition

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