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Vauxhall the first to unveil second member of crossover X range


One of the three models in its recently introduced X range of crossovers, Opel's UK subsidiary Vauxhall has became the first to lift the wraps of the new Crossland X.

Touted as a possible successor to the Meriva, the Crossland X slots in between the Mokka X and yet to be unveiled Crossland X in the marque's model line-up, and will rival the likes of the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Nissan Juke.

Measuring 4 212 mm in overall length and standing 1 590 mm tall, the front-wheel drive only Crossland X sits 70 mm closer to the ground than the Mokka X, and also becomes the latest model to feature Vauxhall's "sculpted artistry meets technical precision" design philosophy.

Taking styling hints from the Adam and the Mokka X, the Crossland X's interior mirrors that of the Astra with pride of place going to the now familiar Intellilink touch screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Wi-Fi hotspots on OnStar.

Additional comfort and safety tech includes full LED headlights with Adaptive Forward Lighting, 180 degree rear view camera, heated windscreen and steering wheel, Head-Up Display, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Park Assist and Forward Collision Alert with Pedestrian Detection and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Despite coming in at a 50 cm shorter than a regular Astra Hatch, Vauxhall claims a class-leading cargo capacity of 520-litres or 1 255-litres with the 60/40 split rear seat folded down.

Although no technical details were announced, expect the Crossland X to use the same range of turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines as the Astra and Mokka X, with transmissions likely to include a six-speed manual or similar ratio automatic.

General Motors South Africa is yet to confirm whether the Crossland X will be offered in South Africa.

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