Opel's new Crossland X could well become GM's small crossover.
Rumors have been rife for some time now that GM is planning to add a baby crossover to its range of gas-guzzling SUVs - one that's even smaller than the compact Terrain. Nothing has been revealed since the 2010 Granite concept, but GM-owned manufacturer Opel has now revealed it's joining the crossover craze with the launch of the Crossland X in Europe to replace the Meriva and join the current Mokka X - this could well turn out to be the long-rumored GMC crossover.
At first glance, there isn't much that sets the Crossland X apart from the Mokka X, but both are targeting decidedly different markets. Whereas the Mokka X is designed "for buyers with a taste for adventure" according to Opel, the smaller Crossland X "has a firm family focus" to compete with the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. This family focus pitch explains why the Crossland X is 70 mm lower than its Mokka X sibling and will only be available in 4WD compared to the Mokka X which is also available in AWD. The new Crossland X shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot 2008 and the C3 Picasso.
Specific details about the powertrain haven't been revealed, but the Crossland X is rumored to have the same engine range as the C3 Picasso. Expect the usual choice of three and four-cylinder gas and diesel engines with automatic and manual transmission options. In fact, Opel has placed far more emphasis on the in-car infotainment and luxuries. The interior is said to be very spacious, featuring a sliding rear bench and luggage space of 410 liters with the rear seats up and at their furthest position. Gadget geeks will revel at the range of infotainment on offer, which includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, the OnStar concierge service and Wi-Fi for up to seven devices.
The Crossland X is also loaded with driver assistance technology, including a 180-degree panoramic rear-view camera, advanced park assist, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and side blind-spot alert. The Crossland X is expected to go on sale in Europe this summer, but don't be surprised if it shows up at Geneva in March. Its bigger brother, the Grandland X, will follow later in the fall.