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Opel Crossland: Facelift for ‘future-ready’ family wagon

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Opel South Africa, a subsidiary of Stellantis, has introduced the facelifted Crossland SUV with what it calls ”a bold new look and striking new front-end design” and called it the Opel Vizor nose.

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Opel says the Vizor can be closely linked to previous iconic Opel models but adds that it is not just a design statement… ”it also makes all Opel models ‘future ready’ by providing housing space for the sensors and cameras required by modern vehicles”.

”The new Crossland extends in one single sweep,” the automaker says, ”across the front of the vehicle to integrate the grille and headlights. The brand’s lightning-flash emblem proudly dominates the centre and we hope the Vizor will become a future hallmark of all Opel models.”

2021 OPEL CROSSLAND: Image: Supplied

The makeover also incorporates tinted rear lights and a new glossy black tailgate surface (available in combination with the black roof) and is said to make the Crossland look wider and stronger.

Also new are front and rear skid plates, diode foul-weather lights (Elegance model) and stylish 16-inch light alloy wheel rims. A CROSSLAND badge stretches across the tail and the nose is the first to adopt Opel’s new ‘face”.

‘DYNAMIC DRIVE, OPTIMUM BALANCE’

Engineers in Rüsselsheim (the German home of Opel) are said to have developed shock-absorber tuning for the McPherson-strut front suspension and the torsion-beam rear axle.

2021 OPEL CROSSLAND. Image: Supplied

”More precise steering comes with an improved steering position and a quick and light gear-change,” the company says. ”The Crossland’s chassis delivers a more dynamic drive with an optimum balance of comfort, agility, and road stability.”

Opel says the SUV ‘is ”solid, spacious, comfortable”, and includes many safety features, modern tech and driving assistance systems, and diode headlights on all models.

Opel lists what it describes as ”important safety features”, starting with:

Forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection: Operates above five km/h with a warning sound and message display. Emergency braking will happen if a collision is likely. Below 30km/h the system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop otherwise the driver must react.

Lane departure warning: – audible and visible signals of it registers the lane is being left unintentionally.

2021 OPEL CROSSLAND. Image: Supplied

Driver drowsiness alert: Evaluates the fatigue level through the driving style and alerts the driver if braking is necessary.

Front and rear parking radar: Uses sensors and rear camera though the number of sensors and camera is version dependent.

Cruise control with speed limiter: Reads roadside speed limit signs, alerts driver.

READ MORE Opel features on Carman’s Corner

In the cabin: 19cm colour touchscreen infotainment system for Apple Carplay/ Android Auto. Steering-wheel adjustment and multiple seat adjustments offer better driving support; ”soft-touch” materials work with chromed and gloss-black finishes on facia and door panels for ”a more premium feel”.

2021 OPEL CROSSLAND. Image: Supplied

The rear seats can be folded 60/40 and can drop for maximum load capacity of 1255 litres.

…AND IT’S COMING SOON

The first Crossland SUV line-up will include the Crossland Edition 1.2 60kW five-speed manual, 1.2 Turbo 81kW six-speed auto, Elegance 1.2 Turbo 81kW six-speed Auto.

The facelifted Crossland will reach South African showrooms before the end of February 2021.

2021 OPEL CROSSLAND: Image: Supplied

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