Opel ready to im­press with Grand­land X

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN • al­wyn.viljoen@witness.co.za

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.

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