Vauxhall is replacing the boring Meriva MPV with a funkier crossover called, yes, Crossland X
In further proof that MPVs are out and crossovers are in, Vauxhall is replacing the established Meriva MPV with another crossover addition to its range, called the Crossland X.
And it insists there’s no inter-brand competition at all with the similarly-sized Mokka X crossover…
Rivalling the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, Vauxhall says the new Crossland X will, like the outgoing Meriva, target families. These days, even those who need MPV practicality aren’t actually buying MPVs: Vauxhall’s response is this.
In a development-share deal with Peugeot, the new Crossland X is actually related to the Peugeot 2008, and measures 4212mm long and 1588mm high; the fully Vauxhall-engineered Meriva X is a bit longer and a bit taller, but not by much.
Despite the similar dimensions, the Crossland X is rather more spacious inside than the Mokka X, insists Vauxhall. The multi-fold rear bench seat slides through a 150mm range, boosting a decent 410-litre boot to a big car-like 520 litres.
If that’s still not flexible enough, a bigger-still Grandland X – yes, yet another SUV – arrives in the autumn.
Engines will be sourced from Peugeot, so include a range of turbo petrol and diesels (the 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol will sell best), although there won’t be a four-wheel drive version. Vauxhall’s reserving that for the more lifestyley Meriva.
Familiar equipment such as a heated steering wheel, forward collision alert system, lane-keeping assist and speed limit recognition display will be enhanced Vauxhall’s clever Onstar onboard assistance and concierge system.
The kids will also love the panoramic glass sunroof option – and to underline the SUV connotations even further, Vauxhall will let you choose a contrast roof colour. Making it much funkier than the outgoing Meriva, no? Yup, SUVs really are the new MPVs.