FRANKFURT -- Opel/Vauxhall has unveiled the Grandland X, the automaker's latest model underpinned by a platform from its new parent, PSA Group.
The Grandland X will be a stylish newcomer that is "ready to attack" in the booming compact SUV/crossover segment, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement on Wednesday.
The crossover will go on sale soon after its public debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September. It will compete in a segment dominated by the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan. At 4477mm long, 1844mm wide and 1636mm tall, the Grandland X's dimensions put it in direct competition with the Tiguan, rather than the slightly smaller Qashqai.
The Grandland X has a sporty, off-road look and a heightened seating position typical of an SUV, but the model will not offer all-wheel drive. Its smaller sibling, the Crossland X subcompact crossover, also does not have awd.
Opel said the Grandland X will offer a feature it calls Grip Control that improves traction in diverse driving situations such as snow and ice or sand and gravel.
The Grandland X will have many of the safety features found in the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport midsize sedan that launches in June, including automatic braking in an emergency, such as when the vehicle identifies a pedestrian on the road. The new crossover also offers a parking assistant as well as a 360-degree camera function for maneuvering into small spaces.