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Opel Grandland X Confirmed for 2017 Debut, To Replace Zafira

As you might have heard by now, the Meriva B will bite the dust to make way for a compact-sized crossover. Dubbed Crossland X, the new kid on the block will be joined by a slightly bigger brother in the form of the Opel Grandland X. The latter is set to replace Opel’s/Vauxhall's large family hauler, the third-gen Zafira.
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Just like the Crossland X, the Opel Grandland X is expected to make use of the PSA EMP2 platform. So to speak, this means that the half-brother of Peugeot’s 3008 blurs the line between the compact and mid-size crossover segments. Until General Motors’ European division debuts an Insignia Grand Sport-based mid-size crossover later in the decade, the Grandland X will act as the largest crossover in the automaker’s range. Confused? So am I.

Opel CMO Tina Muller tells that “Grandland X stands for an adventurous type always prepared to explore something new – in both an urban or rural environment. Our new crossover model looks fantastic and will help excite new customers for the Opel brand.” Expected to debut at next year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Grandland X is likely to pride itself on a 7-seat variant. Think Peugeot 5008, the 7-seater brother of the Peugeot 3008.

From a design standpoint, nothing else except for a cryptic video teaser is there for us to get an idea about the Grandland X. If you look closely at the featured photograph, however, you’ll spot that the C-pillars, rear spoiler, and radio antenna are different between the Crossland X and the Grandland X. In other words, the exterior design is not a case of Matryoshka nesting dolls.

On the technical front, it’s highly likely for the Grandland X to borrow the 1.4 Turbo and 1.6 CDTI turbo diesel from the Astra K compact hatchback. The 2.0-liter Turbo and turbo diesel in the 2017 Insignia Grand Sport could also make the cut. Given the circumstances, it remains to be seen just how big the 2018 Opel Grandland X will be compared to the 7-seater competition.

My two cents go on a length of 4.65 meters (183 inches) or thereabout, putting the Grandland X “one segment above its siblings [Mokka X and Crossland X] as of fall 2017.” In other words, Nissan X-Trail territory.

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Editor's note: Is it me or does Grandland X sound like an afterthought?

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