Opel has shown an all-new SUV in Shanghai. It's called the Grandland X and looks to take on the mid-size SUV brigade.
The Grandland X is set to be the biggest SUV in Opel's current lineup. The Grandland X is some 20 cm longer than the Mokka X, measuring 4.48 m long. It shares its chassis with the French PSA models such as the Peugeot 3008 and the Citroen C5 Aircross.
Much like its newly acquired French connection, the Grandland X is likely to be powered by a small turbocharged petrol unit and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. Whereas details on this aren't available yet, it appears the SUV will be front-wheel-driven with an optional Grip Control system that distributes power to the wheel most in need of it in order to maintain traction.
Opel has detailed a few of the features the new model will receive. Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps with functions such as cornering light, high beam assist and auto levelling take care of lighting requirements. Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, and Advanced Park assist help in the passive safety department.
The latest generation of IntelliLink is offered for infotainment purposes. The updated system comes with a service assistant called Opel OnStar, which now includes new services such as hotel booking and parking space search. Smartphones can easily be integrated into the infotainment system and charged wirelessly via inductive charging.
The Grandland X appears to be quite spacious inside with room for 5 passengers, although no 7-seater version is mentioned yet. The boot measures 514-litres, which compares similarly with competitors like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson.
The newcomer is only slated to go on sale in Europe in 2018. More details on the local availability will be known closer to that time.