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Car Review: New-look Opel Crossland: The SUV behind the Vizor

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Opel has used the launch of its face-lifted and “future-ready” Crossland to reveal the lightning bolt brand’s new and future design direction and features.

And while It would be hard to deny that the latest version of Crossland is very easy on the eye, Opel South Africa has noted that the redesign, particularly of the front-end, goes well beyond the aesthetic and was purposed designed to house a host of critical technical features for the brand’s immediate future and further ahead.

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Behind the Opel Vizor

Known as the Opel Vizor, the new-look nose design package is bound to find plenty of traction in South Africa where the Opel brand, despite a bumpy recent distribution history in the country, remains a popular brand choice and prominent, long-standing feature of South Africa’s motoring heritage.

The Opel Vizor package is as funky as it is functional, with the new front-end designed to host a range of features ranging from cameras to sensors.

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Having being homed in the General Motors South Africa stable for many years, Opel South Africa, which is a subsidiary of Stellantis, is now the official distributor of Opel domestically and the company made is first foray into the 2021 new vehicle market early this year with the Opel Corsa Edition – the sixth generation of the Corsa.

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Introducing the Crossland

In announcing the Crossland this week, Opel SA said it was “proud to introduce the new facelifted Crossland SUV which features a bold new look and striking new front-end design called the Opel Vizor”.

“The Opel Vizor can be closely linked to the past iconic Opel models. However, the new Vizor is not just a design statement, it also makes all Opel models ‘future ready’ by providing housing space for the sensors and cameras required by modern vehicles.”

“Organically integrating the grille and headlights, the Opel Vizor of the new Crossland extends in one single sweep, across the front of the vehicle. The brand’s legendary lightning-flash emblem proudly dominates the centre. The Vizor will become a hallmark of all Opel models in the future,” explained Opel SA.

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All-round makeover

Opel said the makeover also incorporates new dark tinted taillights at the rear, and the new high-gloss black Tailgate surface (available in combination with the black roof) which makes the new Crossland look wider and stronger.

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Also new are the front and rear skid plates, LED fog lamps (on the Elegance model) and stylish 16-inch light alloy wheels. Another distinguishing characteristic is the rear Crossland badge which is laid out across the tailgate.

“Crisp and compact on the outside, spacious, and versatile on the inside with a cool modern and distinctive SUV look, this new Opel Crossland SUV is the first to adopt the brand’s unmistakable new face. Enthusiastic drivers will especially enjoy the improvements Opel has made to the new Crossland’s chassis,” commented the company.

Performance improvements

Opel said engineers in Rüsselsheim have developed new damper tuning for the McPherson strut front Suspension and the torsion-beam rear axle which gives the Opel Crossland a distinctly ‘Opel’ Ride and Handling.

The German carmaker has made improvements to the model’s steering position – which now offers precise handling and a gear change which is quick and light, while the Crossland’s chassis delivers a more dynamic drive with an optimum balance of comfort and agility as well as stability when navigating the country’s highways.

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Trendsetting lighting technology and innovative assistance systems

According to Opel, the new Crossland is an SUV that is solid, spacious, comfortable, and comes with a host of safety features and numerous ultra-modern technologies and assistance systems.

All models come with LED lights which are much brighter than halogen bulbs.

Important safety features at a glance:

  • Forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection – operates at speeds above 5.0km/h. If a vehicle or pedestrian ahead is approached too quickly, the system sounds a warning and displays a message in the Driver information Centre. If collision is imminent, the braking system is prepared and if necessary, emergency braking is deployed to minimise the effects of a potential collision. Below 30km/h the system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. If speed exceeds 30km/h, speed is reduced, and the driver must actively brake. The system uses the front camera and in conditions where the visibility is poor it may not respond.
  • Lane Departure Warning – issues audible and visible signals of it registers that the lane is being left unintentionally.
  • Driver Drowsiness Alert – evaluates the fatigue level through the driving style and alerts the driver if braking is necessary.
  • Front and Rear Park Assist – Front and Rear proximity sensors as well as rear view camera aid safe parking – number of sensors and camera are version dependent.
  • Cruise control with speed limiter – together with Speed sign recognition, enables quick and easy adherence to the speed limit.
  • ABS, EBFD and Hill Start Assist – ensures a smooth and safe pull off whilst on an incline.
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Inside the Opel Crossland

Inside the Opel Crossland, the updated seven-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, which runs the Apple Carplay/ Android Auto, is a dominant feature of the driving cabin.

“With Apple Carplay and Android Auto you can project your smartphone apps on the colour screen, while the Bluetooth compatibility ensures that you are able to make hands-free calls and play music from your Bluetooth enabled mobile device through the Crossland’s six premium speakers,” said Opel.

Steering wheel adjustment and multiple way seat- adjustments now also offer better support for drivers and soft touch materials with chrome and gloss black finishes on the dashboard and interior door panels give the Crossland’s interior a more premium feel. Opel has also focused on interior space with “generous head and legroom front and rear providing enough space for families to drive in comfort.”

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A new sense of space

“The abundant feeling of space and the first-class AGR ergonomic front seats in the Crossland ensure long trips are even more comfortable,” enthused Opel SA.

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“The SUV also convinces with high level of flexibility, thanks to the 60/40 split in the rear seating, offering outstanding functionality and increasing the boot space from 410 litres to a class-leading 520 litres in seconds. Folding the rear seats completely increases boot volume to 1.255 litres.”

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Crossland line-up

The Crossland SUV line-up includes the Crossland Edition 1.2 60kW 55-speed Manual, and 1.2 Turbo 81kW 6-speed Automatic and the Crossland Elegance 1.2 Turbo 81kW 6-speed Auto.

Engines / Powertrains

On the engine front the Opel Crossland SUV is offered in two powertrain configurations.

The 1.2 naturally aspirated engine mated to a five-speed manual shifter is offered on the Edition model. The more powerful 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox is offered on both the Edition and Elegance models.

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