Opel Crossland loses the ‘X’ in its name; gains brand’s new styling

Opel/Vauxhall has given the Crossland small SUV the brand’s new “Vizor” front styling as part of a midcycle face-lift.

The SUV will also be known simply as the Crossland, deleting the “X” from its model name. Opel/Vauxhall made the same change when it launched the second-generation Mokka earlier this year.

The Vizor design, which integrates headlights, grille and logo in a flush-fitting module, debuted on the new Mokka. It is influenced by the 2018 Opel GT X electric SUV concept, which drew inspiration from the Opel Manta coupe from the early 1970s.

The Crossland was one of a number of models that General Motors developed with PSA Group as part of an industrial partnership that the two automakers signed in 2012, before PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017. The Crossland is a sibling model to the Citroen C3 Aircross small SUV, and the two vehicles are built in PSA’s factory in Zaragoza, Spain.

The Crossland was first shown to the public at the 2017 Geneva auto show, arriving not long after PSA revealed its plans to buy Opel/Vauxhall.

It replaced the similarly sized Meriva minivan in Opel’s lineup, in an effort to capitalize on surging demand for SUV and crossover. 

Crossland sales grew from almost 39,000 in 2017 to nearly 115,000 in 2019. It ranked sixth in the small SUV/crossover segment in the first half of 2020 with 42,726 sales, according to data from JATO Dynamics, a decline of 34 percent. The Renault Captur led the segment with 70,148 sales. The segment was down 37 percent in the first half. 

Opel/Vauxhall has had two entrants in the segment with the Crossland and the Mokka. The latest Mokka is purely a PSA-developed vehicle. It is not clear whether the Crossland, which still has traces of GM in it, will be renewed at the end of its life cycle. It is not on PSA’s latest CMP architecture and does not have an electrified variant. 

In contrast, the new Mokka uses the CMP underpinnings and offers gasoline, diesel and full-electric powertrains.

Another model developed jointly by PSA and GM, the compact Grandland X SUV, is expected to get a face-lift next year and also lose the “X” from its name.

In addition to a new front end, the Crossland has restyled front and rear skid plates. Opel/Vauxhall has developed new springs and dampers for the McPherson strut front suspension and torsion-beam rear axle. Opel/Vauxhall says it has also improved steering precision with a new intermediate shaft.

The automaker has also revised the traction-control system, which it calls IntelliGrip, with five modes. 

The face-lifted Crossland will be available in showrooms early in 2021, Opel said.

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