By Stewart Smith on 2017-01-19 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Vauxhall reveals new
VAUXHALL has taken the wraps off its latest model, the Crossland X, which will compete in the fast-growing SUV sector and sit below its existing slightly larger Mokka X.
The Crossland X will be up against rivals such as the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall says the newcomer, which goes on sale in summer, has a firm family focus offering "Tardis-like" cabin space providing a high degree of practicality and flexibility.
At just 4.21 metres in length the Crossland X is more compact than the Mokka X, and a full 16cm shorter than the Astra hatchback, which will offer easier driving and manoeuvring in towns and cities.
It also has the advantage of an elevated seating position and an overall height, which is raised ten centimetres above the Astra's.
Another useful feature of the new SUV is the ability to slide the rear seats back or forwards to allow more space for legroom or boot space which can offer a class-leading 410 litres with the rear seats up. When the rear seats are folded down completely, luggage capacity increases to an impressive 1,255 litres,
The Crossland X will come with a goodly set of gear to make driving safer and more comfortable, and include a 180-degree panoramic rear-view camera, advanced park assist, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and side blind-spot alert, among others kit.
Drivers will also benefit from modern connectivity that is becoming the norm in Vauxhall models. The Vauxhall OnStar connectivity system, as well as the IntelliLink infotainment equipment which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keeps drivers connected through an up to eight-inch colour touchscreen.
As far as engines go, Vauxhall has not given details of what will be under the bonnet of the Crossland X but says that an extensive petrol/diesel engine line up with manual and automatic transmissions will be offered.
No prices have been announced for the newcomer to the Vauxhall stable but the entry level Crossland X is likely to come in at around the £15,000 mark.
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