Nowadays everyone wants an SUV and we don‘t know why. Maybe it is because of added practicality, maybe people still believe in myths about big cars being safer in road accidents, or maybe they are just fashionable. But brands have to address this fashion and they do it readily. Opel revealed pictures of its latest compact SUV Grandland X.
Interestingly, Opel Grandland X is actually going to be officially revealed in September only at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. But Opel does not consider this new model to be a game-changer so no secrets are kept. Grandland X is a compact SUV and a new name in company’s line-up of cars. There are a couple SUV’s already – Mokka X and Crossland X – but you cannot have enough of them when the market is so thirsty for chunky off-roaders.
Grandland X does look like an off-roader, but don’t think you will be chasing Range Rovers down a muddy forest track. There are two engine options – 1.2 all-aluminium Turbo gasoline direct injection engine with 130 hp and a 1.6-liter diesel engine with 120 hp. So it is not really a powerhouse, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve. Grandland X features a Grip Control system, which does what it sounds like – makes sure car has the most grip in any given situation, including doing some moderate off-roading. Drivers will be able to select one driving mode out of five, which will allow ensuring the most stable drive on snow, mud, sand or wet surfaces.
The new Opel Grandland X will cost from €23,700 and it comes well equipped as standard. It will have a camera-based Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Recognition, Hill Start Assist, Radio R4.0 with Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, air conditioning with particulate and odour filter, comfort seats and Opel OnStar service. For those who want more luxury, there will be all the options you might imagine – heated steering wheel, seat heating front and rear and the tailgate that can be opened and closed by waving your leg, cruise control, sunroof, advanced connectivity and comfort technologies. It is all well and good, but the life is not going to be easy for the Grandland X.
This market segment is just crowded with new cars, such as Hyundai Kona, SEAT Arona and many more. All of them are going to cost pretty much the same and will offer similar levels of performance. How will people choose? There are many different variables, but one of them is the looks and Grandland X just doesn’t look that exciting.