City-slicking Opel Crossland X majors on customization
It might be under French control now, but the move from General Motors to Peugeot ownership hasn't slowed the new-product offensive from Opel. The Crossland X aims to cash in on the massive compact SUV market, with plenty of customisation options and a range of compact, efficient turbocharged engines.
As you might expect of a modern compact SUV, choice is the order of the day, starting with a range of five different engine choices. All three petrol options are three-cylinder engines, ranging from 60 kW (81 hp) to 96 kW (130 hp) in output, while a trio of turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines making between 73 kW (99 hp) and 88 kW (120 hp) will also be on offer.
All the engines in the range are efficient, sipping less than 5.5 l/100 km (42.8 MPG) on the New European Drive Cycle, but the entry level diesel is especially parsimonious with a 3.8 l/100 km (62 MPG) combined figure. Although a six-speed manual is standard on the base model car, a six-speed automatic can also be specced. Expect most buyers to stump for the auto, given most of these cars will spend their time within city limits.
Along with the choices under the hood, any compact SUV worth its salt needs the latest in connectivity. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included in the central touchscreen and, if the kids in the back won't be quiet, you can hook them up to the optional OnStar 4G hotspot. A wireless charging plate can be installed in the center console, too.
From the outside, the Crossland X won't be mistaken for anything but an Opel. It has the same funky roofline as the compact Adam, and the angular LED treatment in the lights is a direct link to the new Insignia Grand Sport. It's a handsome little car to our eyes, although competitors like the Mazda CX-3 aren't ugly either.
Had this car been launched three weeks ago, we'd now go on to talk about the fact this is likely to be sold as a Holden, Buick and Vauxhall, but Opel is no longer a part of the General Motors family. Although some current Opel products will be sold as international GM products, there's no knowing what the company's new French overlords will want to deal with this new four-wheel drive.
Pricing for the Crossland X will kick off at €16,850 (about US$18,225).