New Crossland X model joins Opel family

2017-11-29 06:02
The new Opel Crossland X caters specifically to a family's needs.            Photo:SUPPLIED

The new Opel Crossland X caters specifically to a family's needs. Photo:SUPPLIED

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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-oriented 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 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 4.2m and has a wheelbase of 2.6m, 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 wheel arches 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.

The Cosmo stands out from its stablemates thanks to 17-inch wheels and front and rear skid plates, and integrated roof rails.

Interior

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.

As well as being staggered, the rear seats 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 are 29 litres of closed storage compartments in the boot, most of it in the form of an underfloor compartment.

Seats are of a particularly supportive design and are ergonomically certified. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (full climate control in the Cosmo) controls have been kept separate from the touch screen.

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

In the Crossland X there’s a choice of two Opel engines, namely the all-aluminium 1.2-litre three-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 750rpm.

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 5.2F/100km and 116 grams/km, and 4.8F/100km 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

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. The turning circle is just 10.7m.

Advanced driver assistance features

Opel’s strategy to “democratise” 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.

These include cruise control with speed limiter; hill start assist; LED daytime running lights; front, side, rear and head airbags; auto-on headlights and traffic sign recognition. In the Crossland X Owners can look forward to a choice of intuitive 7- or 8-inch touch screens which once synced, mirror one’s smartphone - whether it be Apple or Android.

There are two systems to choose from:

The R 4.0 IntelliLink’s success is based on how it combines modern connectivity with comprehensive media access via Apple CarPlay, and safety-aware voice and steering wheel controls, rounded off with a 7-inch colour touch screen.

Features include: music playback via USB, Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay; standard AM/FM radio or optional DAB radio; film and picture viewer via USB; steering wheel controls; Bluetooth hands-free calling with access to phone book and call list; voice pass-through using the voice control of the connected phone.

Hardware includes 7-inch colour touch screen, a dual tuner, six speakers and a USB port in the front centre console.

The second option is the Navi 5.0 IntelliLink. It takes the features of the R 4.0 IntelliLink and adds an embedded navigation system, an 8-inch colour touch screen and the ability to connect with up to 10 smart phones.

It also comes with Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay and an e-mail receive and readout function.

The vehicle also comes with navigation with integrated flash memory, a 3D map navigation with bird’s eye view, continuous zooming and smooth scrolling, points of interest (POIs) listed; dynamic navigation with traffic message channel and route planning function.

The Crossland X is sold with a fully-comprehensive five-year/120 000km warranty and roadside assistance programme, a five-year/ unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty and a three-year/60 000km service plan.

Service intervals are 15 000km or 12 months for all derivatives.

Pricing

Crossland X – R265 000

Crossland X Enjoy – R305 000

Crossland X Cosmo – R345 000

Crossland X Cosmo Auto – R360 000

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