Johannesburg - Following its world premiere at last year’s Frankfurt motor show in September, Opel’s Grandland X has landed in South Africa to contest the highly-competitive SUV segment.
Pitched against the likes of the Ford Kuga, Hyundai Tucson, and Peugeot 3008 (to which it is closely related), the 4.48 metre long SUV comes to market as the third and largest member of the Opel X family, slotting in above the 4.2 metre Crossland X and 4.3 metre Mokka X.
The front-wheel drive vehicle (all-wheel drive isn’t an option) has seating for five and a roomy 514 litre cargo bay that can expand to 1652 litres with the rear seats folded.
It rides on independent suspension all around, with a generous ground clearance of 223mm that makes it more suited to dirt trails than most softroaders. It also comes with pothole-friendly high-profile tyres.
A walk through the range
Starting the line up is the standard Grandland X 1.6T auto which comes standard with 16" alloy wheels, cloth seats, a colour touchscreen infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and has six speakers. LED daytime running lighrts, LED tail lights, climate control, cruise control, park assistance, hill start assist and electric windows are also included, as are safety features like tyre pressure monitors, ABS brakes, stability control, and six airbags.
Next up is the Grandland X 1.6T Enjoy auto which, over and above the features already mentioned, adds leatherette bolsters for the cloth seats, 17" alloys, lane departure warning, and a Sight-and-Light pack which includes rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps.
The range-topping Cosmo model gets a more stylish look with the roof and the side door mirrors in diamond black, aluminium roof rails, and 18” alloy wheels. The dynamic theme is also continued in the interior with leather seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, while standard features include blind spot alert, adaptive LED headlamps, heated seats, hands-free power tailgate, navigation, and advanced park assist that automatically guides the vehicle into a bay.
Prices include a 5-year/120 000km warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan, with 15 000km service intervals.
OPEL GRANDLAND X: LAUNCH PRICING
|Opel Grandland X 1.6T auto||121kW/240Nm||R429 000|
|Opel Grandland X 1.6T Enjoy auto||121kW/240Nm||R465 000|
|Opel Grandland X 1.6T Cosmo auto||121kW/240Nm||R565 000|
|Ford Kuga 1.5T Trend auto||132kW/240Nm||R437 100|
|Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Turbo Executive||130kW/265Nm||R454 900|
|Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Turbo Exec Sport||150kW/295Nm||R504 900|
|Kia Sportage 2.0 EX||114kW/192Nm||R443 995|
|Kia Sportage 2.0 EX Plus||114kW/192Nm||R474 495|
|Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic auto||121kW/210Nm||R424 400|
|Mazda CX-5 2.5 Individual||143kW/257Nm||R500 600|
|Peugeot 3008 1.6T Allure||121kW/240Nm||R459 900|
|Peugeot 3008 1.6T GT Line||121kW/240Nm||R519 900|
|VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI Comfortline auto||110kW/250Nm||R489 900|