Opel has given its Crossland small crossover a mid-life update, and it's getting something of a flavour of the styling of the incoming new Mokka.
That's largely courtesy of a 'visor' style grille - which sweeps across the front of the car, linking the headlights with a big Opel 'blitz' lightning badge in the centre. Around the back, there's a new tailgate panel, finished in gloss black to kinda mirror the 'visor' look of the front, and now the Crossland name is spelled out in chrome letters. Of course, it's a little shorter this time around, as the Crossland name now no longer uses the 'X' suffix of the previous model.
New tech options
Depending on the trim level, the new Crossland also gets front and rear 'skid plates' under the bumpers, LED front fogs, and chrome door mouldings, plus a choice of 16 or 17-inch wheels. A new SRi Line version will boast black 16-inch light-alloy wheels, a black roof and red signature daylight opening, whilst an SRi Line + adds black 17-inch light-alloy wheels, AGR-certified ergonomic seats for driver and front passenger, adaptive full LED headlamps and LED taillights and roof rails.
There's some new tech, too, in the shape of adaptive full-LED headlamps with cornering light, high beam assist and auto levelling, a heads-up display, and safety equipment that includes Forward collision alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Side Blind Spot Alert, Panoramic Rear View Camera and Automatic Park Assist.
There's an optional 'IntelliGrip' traction control system that can mimic some of the tractive benefits of four-wheel drive, while the cabin gets a new eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and with inductive wireless charging for phones.
As before, the rear seats can split 60/40 and slide by up to 150mm, increasing boot space from 410 to a class-leading 520 litres. Fold the back seats flat and you've got 1,255 litres.
While the suspension remains the same as before, Opel has given it a few tweaks, with new springs and dampers, and a new steering-column shaft which is said to improve feel and response.
James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Irish Importer of Opel, said: "The unveiling of the all-new Crossland heralds the start of a complete rejuvenation of the Opel model line-up. We look forward to 2021 with confidence in anticipation of all new Crossland, the all-new Mokka, an electrified Zafira-e Life and our first all-electric light commercial vehicle, the new Vivaro-e, with many more new models to follow within 12 months."
The new Crossland will go on sale in early 2021.