2017 Opel Crossland X
Opel introduced and launched the Crossland sub-compact (B-Segment) “urban crossover” for the 2017 model year. Co-developed with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, the Crossland X replaces the Meriva in Opel’s lineup.
Opel introduced the Crossland X at a time when demand for CUV/SUV vehicles in the B segment (subcompact segment) is booming, with sales figures growing five-fold since 2010. The Opel Mokka and Mokka X has been a trendsetter and best-seller in the segment, and Opel is hoping that the Crossland X will add to that success and ensure additional growth for the Opel brand. That said, the Crossland X isn’t exactly a crossover, despite being labeled and marketed as one. Instead, the vehicle is more directly an MPV with some crossover characteristics.
“Demand for small SUV and crossover models tailored for urban traffic is increasing significantly. The Crossland X with its combination of cool, SUV-inspired design, outstanding connectivity and high practicality represents a second strong competitor in this vehicle class next to our sporty Mokka X,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “Our agile Crossland X delivers on driving pleasure while oozing urban lifestyle, making it perfect for the city and escapes to the countryside.”
Opel describes the exterior design of the Crossland X urban crossover as sophisticated and rugged, as well as “bold, crisp and cool”. The brand further states that the Crossland X features its own take on Opel’s design philosophy known as “Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision”.
In the front, the Crossland X features a prominent grille with a shining Opel Blitz logo that is embraced by two chrome winglets and flow outwards to the ‘double-wing’ Opel signature LED daytime running lights. The horizontal lines from the Opel logo in the middle to the chrome winglets and the chrome bars following through to Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlights create the illusion of extra width.
Plastic cladding on the lower end of the vehicle along with silver inserts in the front and throughout the lower section of the vehicle serve as reminders of the vehicle’s confident appearance while displaying functional and sporty elegance. The side profile features crisp side lines and a seemingly ‘floating roof’, which visually separates the lower section from the upper one, visually stretching the Crossland X. The ‘floating roof’ also displays its relationship to the arched chrome window line on the Opel Adam, which drops towards the rear. Like on the Adam, customers are able to order a different color for the Crossland X’s roof.
Opel describes the rear styling of the Crossland X as delivering “an SUV statement with its visible under-ride protection”. Like in the front, the high-mounted split rear lights also feature the ‘double-wing’ graphic and form the intersection between the trunk lid and the downward-sloping roofline.
The 2017 Opel Crossland X is available in one body style — a five-door crossover-like MPV.
Opel describes the Crossland X as a “versatile urban crossover model (Crossover Utility Vehicle)”. However, the vehicle is only available in front-wheel-drive. As such, we would characterize the Crossland X as more of a crossover-like MPV, than a pure crossover.
Sculptural design with a clear sense of precision is at the core of Opel’ design philosophy. The motif plays a major part in the interior design of the Crossland X.
The instrument panel and center stack are clearly structured and horizontally aligned to the driver. The cluster and air vents feature subtle chrome finishes, conveying a message of high quality, while the available 8-inch color touchscreen is seamless integrated into the centerstack and features modern IntelliLink infotainment system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
An optional panoramic glass roof provides even an even more spacious feeling.
The Crossland X focused on bringing space, comfort and flexibility to its passengers and the items they have.
For starters, the vehicle features numerous storage spaces for everyday items throughout the cabin. In addition, the rear seats are capable of sliding back and forth by up to 150 millimeters (6 inches), increasing the space in the second row, which is particularly useful for passengers with long legs, or increasing capacity of the luggage compartment.
The rear seats are also capable of folding on a 60/40 basis millimeters. The center armrest in the rear seats can be easily folded, empowering owners to stow long items such as hockey sticks, skis, snowboards, and more.
With the second-row seats up all the way back, trunk volume is 410 liters (15 cubic feet), growing to a class-leading 520 liters (18.3 cubic feet) with the rear seats slid all the way forward. Folding the rear seats boosts trunk volume to 1,255 liters (44 cubic feet).
The driver and front passenger seats are award-winning AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken) ergonomic seats, making long trips comfortable. Opel is the only manufacturer to offer such seats in the segment, in both the Crossland X and the Mokka X).
The 2017 Opel Crossland X offers various in-vehicle technology features, including:
- IntelliLink infotainment system with up to 8-inch color touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Keyless Open & Start
- Wireless inductive charging (for compatible smartphones)
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Opel OnStar
- Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) with full-LED headlamps, including cornering light, high beam assist and auto leveling
- Head Up Display, which reduces the danger of distractions by projecting the most important data onto the windshield, such as vehicle speed, navigation information, and infotainment
- Opel Eye front camera-based safety system, which forms the basis driver assistance systems such as:
- Speed Sign Recognition
- Lane Keep Assist
- Forward Collision Alert
- Pedestrian Detection
- Driver Drowsiness System, which evaluates the fatigue level through the drive style and alerts the driver if a break is needed (available for the 2018 model year)
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Advanced Park Assist, which recognizes suitable parking slots and parks the vehicle automatically and also enables the vehicle to exit the parking slot automatically. In both, parking and exiting instances, the driver only needs to operate the pedals.
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated windshield
- Panoramic Rear View Camera that increases the angle of sight at the back of the car to 180 degrees, enabling the driver to see other drivers approaching from either side when reversing
To note, the Automatic Emergency Breaking feature works automatically above 5 km/h and below 85 km/h. From 5 to 30 km/h, the deceleration metric to reduce the impact speed of the collision is 0.9g. From 30 to 85 km/h, the system brakes to the speed by a maximum of 22 km/h. After this threshold, the driver needs to brake himself to reduce the speed even further.
The 2017 Opel Crossland X offers five total engine choices, three of which are gasoline/petrol-powered and two are diesels.
The 2017 Opel Crossland X shares the PF1 platform with the upcoming Citroen C3 Picasso. As part of GM-Opel’s alliance with the PSA Peugeot Citroen, the architecture was developed by PSA.
The 2017 Opel Crossland X is produced at the Opel factory in Zaragoza, Spain alongside its platform mate, the Citroen C3 Picasso.
The Opel Crossland X was developed in collaboration with PSA Peugeot Citroen as part of an alliance between GM-Opel and the PSA Group established in February 2012. Shortly after the introduction of the Crossland X, GM sold Opel (and sister brand Vauxhall) to PSA Group.
The Crossland X replaces the Meriva in the Opel lineup as. However, Opel made the Crossland X slightly more rugged and SUV/crossover-like by giving it platic lower body cladding, a feature typically found on SUV/CUVs.
Meanwhile, the Crossland X and the Opel Mokka X have similar dimensions. While the Mokka X is a thoroughbred crossover with optional all-wheel-drive, the Crossland X is available exclusively in front-wheel-drive, making it less capable offroad. As such, the Crossland X can be best described as a crossover-like MPV. As Opel puts it, the vehicle is “predestined for urban areas with its crisp exterior dimensions while also being perfectly suitable for a shopping spree at the organic farm shop or for a holiday trip to Tuscany.”
The 2017 Opel Crossland X was revealed online on January 18, 2017. The vehicle will celebrate its public debut in Berlin on February 1, 2017.
The 2017 Opel Crossland X will launch across Europe at the end of the first half of 2017 calendar year.
The 2017 Opel Crossland X will start at €16,850 for a base model with a naturally aspirated, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine producing 81 horsepower.