Vauxhall offers more crossover choice with Crossland X
HAVING just given the Mokka a heavy overhaul and rebranded it as the Mokka X, Vauxhall is about to add another similarly sized junior crossover to its line-up, writes William Scholes.
The new car will be called the Crossland X and is due to go on sale this summer.
Despite being roughly the same size and therefore likely to appeal to the same customers, Vauxhall makes a valiant effort to explain the difference between the Crossland X and the Mokka X.
"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," says Vauxhall.
The Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 are the Crossland X's natural rivals, adds Vauxhall, with the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti going up against the Mokka X.
Those are fine distinctions, and customers may not see things as neatly as Vauxhall imagines.
Compared to an Astra hatchback, the Crossland X is 16cm shorter and sports a driving position 10cm higher to give that elevated view out that is key to the crossover class's burgeoning appeal - crossovers and SUVs now account for more than a quarter of new car sales in Europe.
The Crossland X gets Vauxhall's latest super-comfortable seats, which have already enhanced the latest Astra, and the rear seats can be adjusted to either increase legroom or expand the luggage space.
The by now usual battery of safety equipment - rear-view camera, park assist, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and side blindspot alert, among others - can be specified, and Vauxhall's rather good new infotainment system is on board.
A mix of petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic gearboxes is offered, and unlike the Mokka X which can be had with four-wheel-drive in some models, the Crossland X is resolutely front-wheel-drive only.
Vauxhall will also launch a larger crossover, dubbed the Grandland X, later this year.