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2018 Crossland X: New family wheels from Opel

  • Economical three-cylinder engine
  • Many options ready – including turbo
  • Familiar plastic cladding for car parks
2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress
2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress

OPEL, WITH THE introduction of the Crossland X, believes it now has a powerful presence in the B-SUV segment, said to be the fastest-growing part of the South African vehicle market where volumes have trebled within four years.

The German brand believes the Crossland X, with its three-cylinder engine, will “be a great addition, complementing the Mokka X”.

The Crossland X, seen by its maker as a family-orientated vehicle, will be available in South Africa as four versions, three trim grades, and with either a manual of automatic transmission.

2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress
2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress

Key features, as listed by Opel, include:

Generous luggage space and seating flexibility on a compact footprint
Premium feel at value-for-money prices
Advanced infotainment/multimedia systems
Widest range of standard and optional driver assistance
Three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines


The shell is just more than 4.2m long on a 2.6m wheelbase – stats said to make the SUV one of the largest in its class. The vehicles also,  Opel says, have short overhangs, a steep windscreen and sculptured flanks “that elegantly break up the sheet metal”.

The roof – available in contrasting colours on Cosmo units – has a rear aerofoil to extends the rear roofline for “a flowing effect”.

Large light clusters include diode daytime lights which hook around the upper extremity of the light clusters.

The body is wrapped in black plastic cladding; rear light-clusters are high-mounted and, the lenses mirroring the double wing design of the front clusters. “Coming or going,” Opel says, the Crossland X will be instantly recognisable.”

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The Cosmo flagship rides on  17″ wheels and has a skid plate front and rear skid plates along with roof rails.

There are a number of seating features: those in the rear (except entry-level model) can be slid forwards or backwards through a 150mm range and are split 60:40. “As well as being staggered if so required, Opel says, “they also collapse to the floor to create an load / luggage volume which will make bulk shopping trips a breeze.”

2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress
2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress

Maximum boot length is about 1.5m but even with the rear seats occupied that dimension is 793mm. There’s also 29 litres of closed storage compartments in the boot, most of it in the form of an underfloor compartment.

“The seats are of a particularly supportive design,” Opel adds, “and ergonomically certified by an independent association in Germany which campaigns for healthier human backs. They provide a perfect driving position for all shapes and sizes thanks also to height and cushion length adjustment.”

Heating, ventilation, and aircon controls are independent of the touchscreen: rotary switches and buttons. The steering-wheel is multifunction and there’s a prominent information cluster.

2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress
2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress

The new vehicles have a choice of two engines: an all-aluminium, three-cylinder, 1.2 with the option of turbocharging and capable of 60kW/118Nm, the latter at 2 750rpm, and a turbo version available for all but the entry-level model that makes 81kW/205Nm.

Overall fuel-consumption and CO2 emissions are 5.2 litres/100km  and 4.8 litres/100km for non-turbo and turbo versions respectively.


Fuel economy, Opel says, is helped by a stop/start feature, low rolling-resistance tyres, a radiator grille shutter which maximises aerodynamic efficiency, and low-viscosity lubricants.

Transmission options are a five-speed manual or, for the flagship 1.2T Cosmo, a six-speed auto with manual control through a sequential lever gate. Wheel sizes vary from 15 to 17″ depending on the model.

There’s a number of what Opel calls “advanced driver-assistance features” on each version:

Cruise control with speed limiter
Hill-start assistance
Diode daytime running lights
Front, side, rear and head crash bags (six in total)
Auto-on headlights
Traffic-sign recognition

2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress
2018 OPEL CROSSLAND X: Image: Opel SA / Newspress

The Enjoy and Cosmo derivatives add:

Rain-sensing wipers
Rear-view camera
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Parking radar front and rearFront foglights…

and these items can be ordered during production for the Cosmo model:

Auto and self-levelling headlights, cornering lights, diode tail lights
Advanced parking assistance – the vehicle handles steering, the driver operates brakes and gears
Head-up information display
Auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision alert, driver wake-up system, side blind-spot alert

Crossland X – R265 000
Crossland X Enjoy – R305 000
Crossland X Cosmo – R345 000
Crossland X Cosmo a/t – R360 000

The Crossland X will be delivered with a five-year or 120 000km warranty and roadside assistance programme, a five-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty, and a three-year or 60 000km service plan.

Service intervals 15 000km or anually.

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