The small crossover car-category started to be bigger and bigger in Europe. They replaced most of the small-class station-wagons and some minivans. The higher ground clearance and the interior space made them more suitable for most of the families, even for out-of-city trips.
The Crossland was built on the same platform with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Aircross. The design team tried to hide the links with a bodywork that resembled the Mokka. Both bumpers featured silver-colored plastic skid-plates at the bottom, which contrasted the black aprons. A black grille surrounded by the bumper's upper side and the Astra-inspired headlights completed a true, Opel image. With its short hood and arched and long greenhouse, the Crossland offered a sense of floating roofline.
The instrument cluster featured round, analog dials, with a small display between the tachometer and speedometer. Most of the space was occupied by the infotainment display on the center stack, which was Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. Opel insisted on keeping its seats, certified as one of the most comfortable in its class. The five-seat interior offered enough room for five adults. The rear bench had a split-folding seat-back to extend the trunk room from 410 up to 1255 liters.
Under the hood, Opel offered the Crossland with a choice of diesel and gasoline engines, ranged between 83 hp and 130 hp. Both manual and automatic transmissions were available. A particular traction-control system allowed the car to tackle some unpaved roads and slippery surfaces, but it was front-wheel-drive only.