Opel is to introduce three new models which should make the second half of the year a lot busier and more interesting for dealers.

First up is the new Crossland X, a car which the Russelsheim outfit describe as being “crisp and compact on the outside, spacious and versatile on the inside with a cool SUV look”.

This urban crossover model is the second member of the Opel X family in the B-segment where it joins the Mokka X. The third member, the larger Grandland X, will be launched in the compact class (C-segment) later this year.

Opel maintains that, compared with the Opel Mokka X, which comes with optional four-wheel drive for occasional off-road outings, the new Opel Crossland X is predestined for urban areas.

The car will feature AGR-certified ergonomic seats as part of the Campaign for Healthier Backs, class leading boot space and premium class connectivity thanks to Opel’s OnStar technology which creates a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to seven devices at any time. The system also has a concierge service and emergency response features.

There are also a number of numerous driver assistance systems available, including the Opel Eye front camera which processes diverse data, informing the intelligent driver assistance systems such as forward collison with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, 180 degree panoramic rear view camera and driver drowsiness alert which reduce the risk of accidents.

Priced from €21,995, the new Opel Crossland X will be available at Opel dealerships nationwide from today and we will have further on the car when we get our hands on one in the near future.

In the meantime the new Opel Insignia has also just arrived at dealers and this new, larger, version of the company’s D Segment contender is set to become a popular buying choice here in Ireland.

It will come with a wide range of efficient latest-generation turbocharged engines and transmissions, which have been designed to provide excellent real-life fuel efficiency and low fuel costs.

For petrol, the new 1.5-litre Turbo 140 bhp unit (Tax Band B1) replaces the outgoing 1.4-litre Turbo unit, while the diesel choice includes Opel’s 1.6 ‘Whisper Diesel’ in both 110 and 136 bhp outputs (tax bands A3 and A4 respectively), as well as the higher output 2.0-litre 170 bhp diesel (tax band B2). Both the 1.6 136bhp and 2.0-litre 170bhp units are available in both manual and automatic transmission.

The top of the range 2.0-litre Turbo petrol 260 hp unit comes with the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which shifts smoothly, and a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring.

On this hi-tech all-wheel drive system, two multi-plate clutches replace a conventional rear axle differential and can accelerate the wheels individually in a split-second depending on the driving situation.

Much of the technical kit is carried over from other Opel models, including the IntelliLux lights. There is also stuff like a 360 degree camera, adaptive cruise control and much more. Priced from €27,350, the new Opel flagship is already available.


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