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Vauxhall beefs up its SUV range with a new Crossland X Ultimate

By Paul Connolly

Vauxhall has intensified its thrust into the SUV battleground with a new top-of-the-range Crossland X model.

The new Ultimate model is loaded with technology, delivering comfort, convenience and safety, including an efficient ecoTECH engine and an optional panoramic glass roof to bathe the cabin in light. Prices start at £22,480.

The compact SUV includes an eight-inch touchscreen, a Navi 5.0 IntelliLink infotainment system with seamless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are also a raft of premium and advanced features including the likes of a driver drowsiness system, forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection all coming as standard.

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There are also optional front and rear parking distance sensors designed to make parking easier, Park and Go Pack Plus which has additional features like advanced park assist, side blind spot alert and a panoramic rear-view camera.

Under the bonnet you’ll find a 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop ecoTEC engine, paired with a manual or automatic gearbox, or with a 1.2-litre (130PS) Turbo Start/Stop powertrain mated to a manual gearbox.

The car features some lighting enhancements as well. The Premium LED Lighting Pack can be specified to include headlights brighter than halogen, which are said to allow drivers to see hazards sooner and react quicker.

The system uses information such as vehicle speed, steering angle and when the indicators are being used to determine the most suitable lighting.

Leather seat facings give a more premium feel to the cabin, while ergonomic heated active front seats and a heated steering wheel also add to driver and passenger comfort.

The Ultimate is shod in 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, with alloy-effect front and rear skid plates and silver-effect roof rails to accentuate the car’s class and character.

A fixed panoramic glass roof panel with an electrically operated sunblind is available as an optional extra.

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The Vauxhall Crossland X (marketed as Opal in the rest of Europe) is a sub-compact crossover SUV first officially unveiled in January 2017.

It is built at the Opel factory in Zaragoza, Spain. Vauxhall is part of PSA, the French-owned group that includes Peugeot, Citroen and Chrysler.

It uses a modified version of the group’s PF1 platform, which is currently used by the Citroen C3 Picasso and the Peugeot 2008.

The mainstream Crossland X offers a variety of petrol, diesel and LPG powertrains, although the latter is uncommon in the UK and Ireland.

It was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017 and went on sale a few months later, effectively replacing the Vauxhall Meriva model.

It has been a successful replacement to the Meriva. In March this year, Opel revealed that over 100,000 orders for the Crossland X had been taken.

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