Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
After being taken over by the French Group PSA (Peugeot-Citroen), Opel received access to new platforms that were used for new vehicles, such as the 2020 Crossland.
The small crossover car-category started to be bigger and bigger in Europe. They replaced most of the small-class station-wagons and some minivans. The higher ground clearance and the interior space made them more suitable for most of the families, even for out-of-city trips.
The Crossland was built on the same platform with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Aircross. The design team tried to hide the links with a bodywork that resembled the Mokka. Both bumpers featured silver-colored plastic skid-plates at the bottom, which contrasted the black aprons. A black grille surrounded by the bumper’s upper side and the Astra-inspired headlights completed a true, Opel image. With its short hood and arched and long greenhouse, the Crossland offered a sense of floating roofline.
The instrument cluster featured round, analog dials, with a small display between the tachometer and speedometer. Most of the space was occupied by the infotainment display on the center stack, which was Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. Opel insisted on keeping its seats, certified as one of the most comfortable in its class. The five-seat interior offered enough room for five adults. The rear bench had a split-folding seat-back to extend the trunk room from 410 up to 1255 liters.
Under the hood, Opel offered the Crossland with a choice of diesel and gasoline engines, ranged between 83 hp and 130 hp. Both manual and automatic transmissions were available. A particular traction-control system allowed the car to tackle some unpaved roads and slippery surfaces, but it was front-wheel-drive only.
The German car-maker Opel and the French group PSA joined their forces and one of their first products together was the Crossland X.
It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017.
Under the bold bodywork of the Opel, crossover vehicle lied the same platform as the one used by Peugeot 2006. But apart from some construction requirements, there were few clues that could tell that the two vehicles were related.
The design language remained the same for the Opel family. The headlights shape was inspired by the Insignia GT. The floating roof-line was also seen on the Astra and the taillights resembled the same Insignia Sports Tourer (station-wagon) units.
On the insight, the dashboard design was clearly on the same page with the one found in the compact Astra, with big attention for the infotainment unit installed on the center stack. In front of the center console, under the dashboard, there was a storage compartment for a mobile phone and two USB ports which could have been used to connect to the infotainment system via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Due to its higher ground clearance, the Crossland X was able to cope with some rough terrain or bumped roads. It was the kind of car that could jump over the speed-bumps without hesitation. But since it was only front-wheel-drive, it couldn’t be driven on unpaved roads with the same level of confidence as a true SUV.