OPEL CROSSLAND X

Driven - - Launched - Re­port by BERNARD HELL­BERG SR | Images © OPEL SOUTH AFRICA

Af­ter more than 80 years in South Africa, and af­ter hav­ing taken the cov­eted WesBank South African Car Of The Year ti­tle on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, the Opel brand has un­der­gone a time of tur­moil of late with the an­nounce­ment that par­ent com­pany Gen­eral Mo­tors was clos­ing up shop. Ac­cord­ing to BERNARD HELL­BERG SR, the new Crossland X shows that the Opel brand is not done with South Africa just yet.

South African Opel fans – and there are many of them– heaved a col­lec­tive sigh of re­lief when the now Peu­geotowned com­pany an­nounced in June this year that it would con­tinue to pro­duce cars in Ger­many, with lo­cal trans­port gi­ant Uni­trans tak­ing over re­spon­si­bil­ity for mar­ket­ing the Opel brand in South Africa. Wil­liams Hunt will be re­spon­si­ble for ser­vic­ing vehicles through their 35 strate­gi­cally placed deal­er­ships.

BACK WITH A BANG

To cel­e­brate Opel’s de­ci­sion not to leave our shores, the com­pany re­cently launched their new mid-sized B-seg­ment SUV which goes by the name Crossland X, which utilises an in­no­va­tive 1.2-litre three-cylin­der petrol en­gine that is avail­able in both nor­mally as­pi­rated and turbo ver­sions. With a de­li­ciously gruff and slightly off­beat sound, the en­gines were re­spon­sive at launch and proved to have sharp ac­cel­er­a­tion that is for safe over­tak­ing, while con­tin­u­ing to re­turn fuel-sip­ping fig­ures (see Es­sen­tials) that will de­light bud­get-con­scious own­ers.

THE LOOKS

Mea­sur­ing 4.2-me­tres in length and thus be­ing slightly larger than its ri­vals, Opel’s de­sign team has suc­cess­fully dis­guised the Crossland X’s size with short over­hangs, a steeply-raked wind­screen

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