Geneva: Vauxhall Crossland X carries hopes

Latest Insignia also stars on stand.

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Vauxhall and sister Opel have unveiled the new Crossland X SUV and Insignia large car at the Geneva motor show, hoping that the two new models would earn headlines away from the uncertainty resulting from the sale of the two brands to PSA Group.

But the new cars are not likely to be the reason that the Vauxhall-Opel stand was one of the busiest of the show’s press day, as journalists from around the world clamoured to get more information about the impending takeover by PSA Group, which was only announced on Monday and remained one of the biggest talking points of the whole show.

Vauxhall Crossland X makes debut at Geneva Motor Show
The Crossland X will replace the Meriva in the Vauxhall line-up.

Ironically the Crossland X and its forthcoming larger sister the Grandland X are built by Vauxhall-Opel’s new owner – both are part of a joint project with PSA.

The Crossland X sits on the same platform as the Peugeot 2008 while the Grandland X is effectively a sister to the Peugeot 3008, named European Car of the Year on the eve of the show.

The Crossland X will replace the current Meriva in the Vauxhall line-up. It is 4.2 metres long, shorter than its currently on-sale Mokka X sister and 16cm under the Astra family hatch.

Two Insignia models debut

Set to become the new Vauxhall range-topper, the Insignia has been unveiled in both Grand Sport hatch and Sports Tourer estate versions.

Vauxhall Insignia at Geneva Motor Show
The Vauxhall Insignia has been unveiled with a Grand Sport hatch and Sports Tourer estate versions. Photo: Andrew Charman

The car is built on a completely new platform that Vauxhall says adds to the interior space while also improving the on-road performance.

Technology will feature heavily – LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, a Head-up Display and premium seats with front- and rear-seat heating and a heated windscreen are among the features that will b eon offer when the car goes on sale in the summer.

Vauxhall’s latest generation IntelliLink and OnStar systems are also on show in the car with the OnStar assistance service now offering new features including the ability to book hotel rooms and search for suitable parking spots via an OnStar Advisor.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport hatchback

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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