OPEL CROSSLAND X
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.
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