Opel Grandland X sets sights on Ford Kuga

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Opel will join the highly competitive C-SUV sector at the end of the year, previewing the Grandland X SUV ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Opel Grandland X

Opel Grandland X

Positioned above the Mokka X, and measuring almost 4.5 metres from bumper to bumper, the newcomer will give Opel its first rival for cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and SEAT Ateca in a fast-growing part of the European car market.

The Grandland X is platform-shared with the new Peugeot 3008, following an earlier alliance formed in 2012. Expect engine options to include the same 1.6-litre diesel engines as the Astra and Insignia Grand Sport, and Opel will offer an advanced all-terrain traction control system to give extra off-road ability to two-wheel drive versions.

Depending on trim level, options will include the OnStar service, Android and Apple connectivity and LED headlights. A boot capacity of 514 litres with the rear seats in place is competitive with rival crossovers. Full range information is likely to be released closer to its reveal in Frankfurt.

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