Opel ready to impress with Grandland X
LOWER insurance rates is not the typical sales talk sellers of crossover sport utility vehicles use to entice potential buyers, but this is one of the advantages Opel touts for the new Grandland X.
The third member of the Opel X family, the Grandland X is the biggest version of the admittedly gorgeous family Mokka X and Crossland X.
Brian Hunter, who is not a family member to any of the 14 Opel dealerships called Williams Hunt, but general manager of vehicle sales, said 35 Opel dealers (30 of whom also sell Isuzu) will support the Opel. For the Chevrolet owners, he has the assurance that double this number of dealers will still provide services and parts.
The Grandland X hopes to get a slice of the 2 400 crossovers sold each month in 2017.
A frugal 1,6 turbo makes 121 kW and 240 Nm to power the front wheels via a six-speed auto, with Opel’s tuned sus- pension to ensure brisk handling for the 1 360 kg car.
Three models are on sale, starting at R429 000 and going up to R565 000. Wheels’ choice is the entry level,
Like the Opel Adam, the interior offers everything normally associated with a premium German brands. Think 360-degree vision, LED lights, advanced park assist, an 8-inch touch screen, FlexFold seats that fold at the flick of a wrist and a power tailgate that activates with a foot swung under the bumper.
The Grandland X competes head on with another relative new comer, the Haval H2.
Brian Hunt with the newly launched Grandland X.