Kez Casey | Apr 19, 2017

General Motors' European arm continues its SUV onslaught with Opel unveiling its new Grandland X medium SUV months out from its public reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Positioned to take the place of the previous Opel Maxx, (sold in Australia as the Holden Captiva Maxx and later the Captiva 5), the Grandland X is the second Opel model to be built on the Peugeot and Citroen-derived EMP 2 platform, like the smaller Crossland X.

At 4477mm long the Grandland X is slightly shorter (by 72mm) than Australia's favourite SUV, the Mazda CX-5, but at 1844mm wide is a scant 4mm wider and a reasonable 39mm lower at 1636mm high.

As with other EMP 2 cars (which include the Peugeot 308 hatch and Citroen C4 Cactus) the Grandland X misses out on all wheel drive capability, instead offering optimised Grip Control stability settings that allow additional slipp for better control in snow and sand.

The Grandland X’s five-seat interior features chiropractically-certified front seats, seat heating front and rear (along with a heated steering wheel), wireless device charging, the latest generation of Opel’s OnStar connected services, and packs in 514 litres of cargo, expandable to 1652 litres.

Adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive forward lighting LED headlights, drowsiness detection, advanced park assist, and 360-degree camera systems contribute to the Grandland X’s safety roll-call.

On the styling front Opel’s newest SUV follows closely in the footsteps laid by the smaller Crossland X, with Opel’s winged grille, pointed head and tail lights, central bonnet ridge, and an optional two-tone exterior treatment split by a chrome trim that runs from the base of the A-pillar to the top of the C-pillar, helping disguise some of the side profile’s visual bulk.

So, with a supply line already established out of Europe for the Astra and next-generation Commodore, and the Captiva almost old enough to have kids of its own, would the Grandland X work as a new medium SUV to face off against the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V in Holden’s range?

While it appears to be a fine fit on the Surface, Opel’s recent sale to Citroen’s parent company Groupe PSA potentially puts any future supply deals out of reach, with Holden instead already having confirmed that the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will instead arrive locally to take the place of the Captiva 5, while the larger GMC Acadia will arrive as a seven-seat replacement.

MORE: Holden | Opel | Medium SUV

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