This the all-new, Meriva-replacing Crossland X crossover, a model that comes with large expectations – it needs to battle head-on the top dogs in the niche segment: the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.
The Crossland X oddly stands inside the same segment as the popular Mokka X, but comes as a direct replacement for the Meriva multipurpose vehicle, and will fight its way into the hugely popular European B-segment. Because it has set its eyes directly on the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, when it arrives in showrooms later this year the Crossland X will only be offered as a front wheel drive vehicle. “Demand for small SUV and crossover models tailored for urban traffic is increasing significantly,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. And we agree. At 4.21 meters, the Crossland X will come in a tad smaller than the Astra, but the driving position is 10 centimeters higher, and the “excellent overview” can also be technically enhanced using the adaptive LED headlights, head-up display, and a 180-degree panoramic rear view camera.
Safety is also top notch with a wide array of safety and assistance systems, including Advanced Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness System, Lane Keep Assist, Speed Sign Recognition, and Side Blind Spot. The interior is familiar to anyone who has tried the Mokka X or the Astra, with the center console putting the standard Radio R 4.0 IntelliLink or an optional Navi 5.0 IntelliLink front and center, both featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The optional personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar can add a wireless charging spot and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Opel has not revealed any information about the powertrains just yet, but details are to be expected during or prior to the public launch programmed in March at the Geneva Motor Show.