Opel pre­views new Cross­land X

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS -

OPEL has promised to re­lease seven new mod­els in 2017, and here we go with the first - the Cross­land X, due to de­but at a big party in Ber­lin this week and in South Africa late in 2017 or early 2018.

It’s the sec­ond mem­ber of Opel’s X crossover line-up, slot­ting in just be­low the Mokka X in the B seg­ment, and will be fol­lowed later in 2017 by a C seg­ment sib­ling, the Grand­land.

De­spite the of­froad con­no­ta­tions of its name, the Cross­land is “pre­des­tined for ur­ban ar­eas” – which we pre­sume means front-wheel drive only, al­though Opel has yet to re­veal any driv­e­train de­tails, beyond a pass­ing ref­er­ence to petrol and diesel en­gines with both man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions.

How­ever, it has the raised seat­ing po­si­tion and chunky pro­por­tions of a crossover, al­beit a very com­pact one. At 4210mm long and 1590mm high, it’s 160mm shorter than an As­tra and 100mm higher. Some clever pack­ag­ing gives it a 410 litre cargo bay, which ex­pands to 520 when the rear seat is moved for­ward, and to 1255 litres with the 60:40 split seat back folded flat.

Speak­ing of seats, the Cross­land shares its spe­cial or­tho­pod-ap­proved er­gonomic front seats with the Mokka X, as well as key­less open and start, and OnS­tar con­nec­tiv­ity via In­tellilink to Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, on colour touch­screens rang­ing up 20cm; it’ll even charge your smart­phone in­duc­tively. Op­tional driver aids in­clude adap­tive LED head­lights, a 180 de­gree rear cam­era with park as­sist, for­ward col­li­sion alert, pedes­trian de­tec­tion, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, driver drowsi­ness alerts, and even speed sign recog­ni­tion.

– www.mo­tor­ing.co.za

New soft­roader is 160mm shorter than an As­tra, but rides 100mm higher. The Cross­land X will slot be­low the Mokka X in Opel’s grow­ing crossover range.

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