Opel has just given its Crossland SUV a facelift! Headlining the update is a bold new face which the brand calls the Opel Vizor. The design is there to make sure that all new Opel models are ‘future ready’ by providing a housing space for the sensors and cameras.
The makeover also incorporates new dark tinted tail lights and high-gloss black Tailgate surface which makes the new Crossland look wider and stronger.
Finishing off the exterior design changes are the new front and rear skid plates, LED fog lamps (on the Elegance model), stylish 16-inch light alloy wheels, and rear Crossland badging across the tailgate. All models now also come with LED lights which are much brighter than halogen bulbs.
Inside, the Opel Crossland is very familiar, but some upgrades have been made to the materials and a whole host of new tech has been thrown in.
Soft touch materials with chrome and gloss black finishes on the dashboard and interior door panels give the new Crossland’s interior a more premium feel.
The updated 7” colour touchscreen infotainment system dominates the dash and now integrates Apple Carplay and Android Auto functionality.
The Crossland is also pretty practical thanks to the 60/40 split in the rear seating which, when completely folded, can increase the boot space from 410 litres to 1,255 litres.
Finishing off the new Crossland SUV are a bunch of new safety features which we’ll detail below:
- 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.
On the engine front the Opel Crossland SUV is offered in two powertrain configurations. A 60kW, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission is offered on the Edition model, whilst a more powerful 81kW, 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine, coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox is offered on both the Edition and Elegance models.
The new facelifted Opel Crossland will arrive at dealerships throughout South Africa this month.