It’s a big day for Opel as the first of many new products to be developed with PSA Groupe has begun rolling off the assembly line. The Crossland X has officially entered production at the Zaragoza, Spain plant.
It should be mentioned the Crossland X was actually born from a previous General Motors-PSA Groupe alliance, meaning it’s not the first all-new Opel to be born from PSA, but it’s pretty close. The Crossland X is effectively a Peugeot 2008, built on the same PF1 platform.
“Today is a great day for Opel and the Zaragoza plant. The Crossland X is an important part of our model offensive as we are adding another exciting car to the booming SUV and CUV market. This will support our growth strategy,” said Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.
The Crossland X replaces the Meriva MPV in Opel’s lineup, though the vehicle retains a few multi-purpose attributes, such as a sliding second row. The Crossland X will be followed by the larger Grandland X later this year, also built on a PSA platform.
With the announcement, Opel stated it plans to introduce 29 new vehicles by the year 2020 with help from its new, French owner. For now, it seems the models will still be overseen by Neumann, though it’s been speculated the current CEO may leave the company following major bonus payouts from GM.
The Crossland X is on sale now with a starting price of €16,850.