By Stewart Smith on 2017-03-01 - 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.
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VAUXHALL has chosen this month's Geneva Motor Show to showcase new models including the Insignia Grand Sport, Insignia Sports Tourer and Crossland X.
Insignia sales were over 25,000 in the UK last year and the latest Insignia is based on completely a new vehicle architecture.
Its revised proportions result in a more spacious interior, giving the car a more athletic appearance and an improved road stance.
Vauxhall says there is a raft of top technologies that make driving the Insignia safer, more relaxing and more comfortable than before. Next-generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, lane keep assist, head-up display, front and rear-seat heating and a heated wind screen are just some examples.
New infotainment and connectivity kit are also on board thanks to the latest generation IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar features which allow occupants to book hotel rooms and search for suitable parking spots via an OnStar Advisor.
Also on the Vauxhall stand will be the all-new Crossland X and while the Crossland X's recently-launched sibling, the Mokka X, has all-wheel-drive capability, is 70mm higher and has larger wheels for buyers with a taste for adventure, the Crossland X has a firm family focus, with a Tardis-like cabin providing high degrees of practicality and flexibility.
At 4.21 metres in length the Crossland X is more compact than the Mokka X, and a full 16cm shorter than the Astra Hatch, offering owners greater convenience while driving and manoeuvring in towns and cities.
Adding to Crossland X's urban appeal is an elevated seating position and an overall height, which is raised ten centimetres above the Astra's.
Driver and passenger comfort has been a priority for a car entering this class. The Crossland X has specially designed AGR-certified seats for the driver and front passenger, while rear passengers can adjust their seating position to increase leg room.
Additional innovations in the Crossland X 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.
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