With the introduction of the new Crossland X, Opel now has a powerful presence in the B-SUV segment, the fastest-growing part of the local market which has seen volumes tripling in the last four years. The Crossland X will be a great addition complementing the MOKKA X.
The Crossland X is a more family-orientated vehicle. Four models, three trim grades and manual and automatic options will give it broad appeal to those who have a young family and want a car which can grow with them.
Key features include:
- Urban crossover vehicle ideally priced and positioned for a growing family
- Generous luggage space and seating flexibility married to compact footprint
- Premium feel at value-for-money prices
- Advanced infotainment/multimedia systems
- Widest range of standard and optional ADAS systems
- Zesty and efficient three-cylinder petrol engines
- Four derivatives and three trim levels
Design and Styling
The Crossland X measures just over 4.2 metres and has a wheelbase of 2.6 metres, making it one of the largest in its class. However, the Opel designers have successfully disguised this fact, giving it short overhangs, steeply-raked windscreen and sculptured flanks that elegantly break up the sheet metal.
The floating roof – available in contrasting colours in the Cosmo – also has the effect of reducing the height while the rear aerofoil extends the rear roofline for a flowing effect.
Taking pride of place in a generously-proportioned grille is the Opel ‘blitz’ with chrome winglets extending outward. The large light clusters are fitted with LED daylight running lamps, which follow the grille detailing outwards and upwards and then ‘hook’ around the upper extremity of the light clusters.
The body perimeter is surrounded by tough, black plastic cladding, adding width to the wheelarchs and also giving the effect of blacking-out the sills to lower the stance. Rear light clusters are high-mounted and distinctive, with the lenses mirroring the double wing design used in front. Whether the Crossland X is coming or going, it is instantly recognisable.
The Cosmo flagship stands out from its stablemates thanks to 17-inch wheels and front and rear skid plates, and can be further identified by the integrated roof rails.
The Crossland X has raised seating, which gives the driver a commanding view of the environment, while also providing the other occupants with a pleasingly complete view of the world. There are a host of seating features that make it the perfect companion for the crowded urban environment. These include a rear seat (entry-level model excepted) that sides fore/aft through a 150mm range and are also split 60:40. This means as well as being staggered if so required, they also collapse deftly to the floor to create an interior volume which will make bulk shopping trips a breeze. Maximum luggage compartment length is just shy of 1.5 metres and even with the rear seats in use that important dimension is 793mm. There’s also no less than 29 litres of closed storage compartments in the boot, most of it in the form of an underfloor compartment. Practicality doesn’t come at the cost of comfort though and the look and feel of the soft-touch dashboard sets the tone for the interior.
Seats are of a particularly supportive design and are ergonomically certified by AGR – an independent association in Germany which run a campaign for healthier backs. They thus provide a perfect driving position for all shapes and sizes; thanks also to standard height adjustment, and cushion length adjustment.
In the interests of ergonomics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (full climate control in the case of the Cosmo) controls have been kept separate from the touch screen, with rotary switches and push buttons more intuitive to use for these functions. Multifunction steering wheels and a prominent driver information cluster in the instrument binnacle play a further role in reducing driver load and allowing for maximum focus on the road.
Engine and Transmission
Opel’s engines have set the standard for several years and in the Crossland X there’s a choice of two; namely the all-aluminium 1.2-litre 3-cylinder in both normally-aspirated and turbocharged guise. The former has a power output of 60kW and 118Nm, the latter figure reached at just 2 750 rpm. The turbopetrol version is fitted to all but the entry-level model and with 81kW and 205Nm, performance and response is lively while consumption and emissions remain modest. Overall Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 5.2 l/100 km and 116 grams/km, and 4.8 l/100 km and 109 grams/km for non-turbo and turbo versions respectively.
In both instances, engine efficiency is enhanced with features like Start/Stop Control, low rolling resistance tyres, a radiator grille shutter which maximises aerodynamic efficiency when cruising and low viscosity lubricants.
Transmission options are a five-speed manual and for the range’s flagship, the 1.2T Cosmo Automatic, a six-speed auto with manual selection via the sequential lever gate.
Suspension, Steering and Breaks
The Crosssland X sticks with tried and tested underpinnings in the chassis department. Front suspension is a MacPherson strut arrangement, using latest techniques to enhance wheel location without resorting to overly stiff spring rates and damper settings. The rear uses a semi-independent torsion beam axle. Wheel sizes vary from 15- to 17-inch depending on the model.
Steering duties are handled by electrically-assisted rack and pinion, and thanks to the short overall length and minimal front overhang, it is agile and manoeuvrable in its natural terrain: parking lots, outside the school grounds and on busy suburban streets. The turning circle is just 10.7 metres.
Advanced Driver Assistance Features
Opel’s strategy to “democratize” technology starts with the advanced safety features that are available in the Opel range. All drivers – not just those of expensive derivatives or premium brands – deserve to have as many advanced safety and driver assistance systems available to them. At least, that’s how Opel feels about the subject.