Not that long ago Opel announced two all new crossovers with one of them being the new Grandland X. The car hasn’t been officially unveiled just yet but did release a few interesting details as well as a set of pictures. The 2018 Opel Grandland X is actually going to be their first car after the PSA acquisition of Opel from General Motors. This also means that the Grandland X won’t use a GM platform. Instead the crossover is going to be based on the EMP2 PSA chassis. This offers Opel a good selection of engines as well as a rather capable suspension system. The car is also set to lose more than 1,000 pounds of weight which would make it considerably better to drive than its predecessor.
Not everything is great though. The EMP2 platform is front wheel drive only. This means that all wheel drive will not be available, even as an option. This will definitely impede its off-road ability even though Opel is trying to sound like it won’t. The Grandland X also replaces the Antara.
Unfortunately the new model is shorter and it has a smaller wheelbase. This likely means that there will be less space inside the cabin but this remains to be seen. We do hope they will manage to work around the smaller size and offer a good amount of space and features. The price hasn’t been announced just yet but considering its competition, it is safe to assume the base model will start at well over €20,000.
Opel Grandland X 2018 design
Likely one of the strongest points of the 2018 Opel Grandland X is the way the car looks. Even though it shares its platform with both the Peugeot 4008 and the Citroen C5 Aircross, it has absolutely nothing in common with the two. Instead, Opel took design cues from the small Adam which combined with the larger Grandland X make for a really impressive car to look at.
In the front we can see Opel’s upcoming corporate design with the unique grille, large air intakes and swept back headlights. The back of the car is quite similar to the Adam with the drawback being the tiny rear window. The roof is also raked towards the back while the blacked out B and C pillars make for a really sporty-looking overall design.
Inside the cabin
Things have improved considerably since Opel’s older models. The Grandland X boasts much better materials than its predecessor as well as a much modern design.
The dashboard has less buttons and the curvy look makes it stand out. Even though the trim levels haven’t been revealed, the car seems rather well equipped. It also seems to have more room in the front but we don’t know for sure how much room the rear passengers are going to receive.
2018 Opel Grandland X Engine
The 2018 Opel Grandland X is most likely going to receive all PSA engines. The base car is likely going to receive a 1.2 liter turbo-four with 130 horsepower. A larger 1.6 liter engine with 165 horsepower or more is also a real possibility. There are also going to be 2 diesel engines. The base one is going to be PSA’s 1.6 liter HDI offering 100 or 120 horsepower. A larger 2 liter diesel with 150 or 180 horsepower is likely going to be the option. All models are expected to come equipped with a 6 speed manual gearbox and front wheel drive. An optional 6 speed automatic is likely going to be an option. A hybrid version of the car could also hit the market at a later date. This could be Opel’s first diesel-electric hybrid and it might be the only way to get the Grandland X with an all wheel drive system.