Added: 15 November 2016
It has been on the cards for a while, but the Meriva is to be transformed from a mini-MPV into a fully fledged SUV, and will wear the name of ‘Crossland X’ when it goes on sale in 2017.
The Crossland X is engineered with families in mind, blending the need for additional space, with a flexible and versatile cabin that is comfortable and smooth on the road whether driving through country lanes or the urban jungle. The Crossland X will set alongside the Mokka X in the Vauxhall line-up but is set to appeal to a unique audience.
Opel, Vauxhall’s European sibling, announced at the Paris Motor Show through their boss, Karl-Thomas Neumann, that the Crossland X will be on sale next year and it will be produced from their Zaragoza factory with a larger model coming later being built out of their Paris factory. Neumann also announced that they would be marketing the Crossland X under a CUV, rather than the usual SUV, due to it falling somewhere between an MPV and an SUV. It was confirmed during the same speech that the brand did plan on introducing a fully fledged SUV under the Insignia brand which is something we can look forward to in the very near future.
The models will be built on the platform that Vauxhall shares with Peugeot and Citroen but will feature many of its own panels and designs. Neumann was quick to insist the new model will not be a rebadged versions of the PSA equivalents.
Being classed as a CUV, the Crossland X will sit alongside the Mokka X in the ‘Crossover Utility Vehicle’ range, but will see the brands SUV contingent grow from two to four, when the larger model joins the line-up.
Although it has only been seen in a heavily disguised form, you can tell that the front grille and daytime running lights have taken heavy influence from the rest of the Vauxhall range. The chassis itself is harder to distinguish through the heavy camouflage but it is evident that the C-Pillar is angular as it is on the Astra and we expect it to get a similar ‘floating roof’ design with the black painted pillars.
The rear boasts a boldly quite squared off bumper which gives us a glimpse into the sheer amount of space inside, whilst it also features high-set rear lights.
Vauxhall seem to be making headway into the SUV market, and General Motors’ chief executive Mary Barra also indicated that their will be a new large SUV released in 2020 which could possibly replace the Antara, so we have even more to look forward to in the coming years as Vauxhall look to expand to their 27 model range that boasts a whopping 17 different engine choices. Keep your eyes peeled for all the latest SUV and CUV developments coming out of Vauxhall!