OPEL GRANDLAND X CROSSOVER – TRANSLATION FROM FRENCH TO GERMAN
German crossover Opel Grandland X came to the Russian market to compete for a place in the sun with Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai. In the battle with them, he relies on both the reputation and know-how of the Opel brand and the technology of the parent group PSA.
There were times when brand new Opel Corsa, Astra, Mokka, Antara, Zafira and Insignia traveled with might and main through the streets of many cities. There are enough of them even now, but only this German park is rather outdated: in Europe, these models of the "Jiem" times survived a series of upgrades, but, even more importantly, a couple of years ago, very fresh new Crossland X and Grandland X organically joined this company, which are now produced in the German Eisenach under the wing of the French parent concern PSA. After all, as you know, in 2017 the French acquired the Opel brand, and from now on all new Opel models are planned to be released on French platforms. The same Grandland X is no exception, with which the Frenchized Opel begins its return to our country in the passenger segment and which we met on the roads near St. Petersburg.
The appearance of the Grandland X was handled by the stylists of the design center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and the terms of reference were clearly spelled out: to maintain continuity with the "Giem" Opel of the old wave. As a result, the novelty, which is based on the Peugeot 3008 platform, does not look like a “Frenchman" at all. Rather, the Grandland X is perceived as the closest relative of the Mokka and Antara SUVs, but, of course, it looks much more modern than the latter. It is important that all Grandland X for the last time come with full LED front optics, in the older trim levels it is also adaptive, and at the back the novelty flaunts elegant LED-filled lights and a nice bumper with fake exhaust pipes.
Design features such as a floating roof, fins on the roof (antenna) and in the rear pillars (style element) look modern and appropriate, as well as a protective plastic body kit around the entire perimeter of the body. The trunk for 514 liters is well-organized, there is a double floor from the layout chips, a “stowaway” is hidden in the underground, and for a surcharge, an electric drive of the fifth door with a flap sensor is offered.
The interior is decorated more conservatively than the exterior, and our hero is also unmistakably identified as an Opel by it. Even such elements of Opel’s ergonomics of the past have been preserved, such as high-mounted paddle shifters and the angle of the center console. As Germanism, or rather “opelism”, chairs approved by the German Association of Orthopedists AGR are also served. By the way, the front seats are really very comfortable, harsh in German. They provide not only heating, but also ventilation, and they can be sheathed, depending on the configuration, with textiles, eco-leather, leather, or a combination of these materials. The quality of the interior trim is generally very high, as is the percentage of soft finishing polymers.
At the rear, the reserves of space that we managed to carve out are impressive, despite the wheelbase being far from a record size – 2675 mm. A folding armrest, a low transmission tunnel, rear ventilation deflectors, heating, a USB slot and a dome light are recorded as advantages, and the lack of space in the area of u200bu200bthe feet of the rear passengers (the front seats are set low by default) are in the minuses.
The electronic filling could be more modern: for example, the virtual instrument panel is not available for Grandland X, and the 8-inch central display does not look stunning compared to 10-inch counterparts from other competitors. However, representatives of the German brand say that these decisions are implemented consciously and again to create a spirit of continuity.
Despite the obvious conservatism, the interior of the new "German" makes a good impression. The same 8-inch display is standard on all trims. In higher trim levels, a lane control system is offered that notifies you with a squeak of a violation of the markings, a blind spot monitoring system and traffic sign reading technology
As you can see, the marketers of the brand are convinced that the owners of Mokka, Antara, Zafira and other cars of the "Jiem" spill will transfer to the Grandland X and feel at home. So, in fact, it happens in the European market, where Crossland X and Grandland X came to court. What will happen to us, time will tell.
We add that, despite the obvious conservatism, the interior of the new "German" makes a good impression. The same 8-inch display is offered as standard for all trim levels, the “multimedia” has fast software, a built-in navigator, a surround view system with multiple angles (optional) and supports the integration of devices based on Android Auto and Apple Car Play. In the higher trim levels, a row control system is offered, which notifies you with a squeak about a violation of the markings, a blind spot monitoring system and traffic sign reading technology. The latter, unfortunately, is often confused and misses the signs installed at a distance from the curb.
ENOUGH AND TWO LEADERS
Due to the use of the French platform EMP2 Grandland X can be exclusively front-wheel drive, more precisely, the 4×4 version is implemented here only in a hybrid version – with two assisting electric motors on the rear axle. Such machines with a total return of 300 liters. with. are sold on the European market, but whether they will come to us is still an open question. We have the same situation with the power line so far uncontested. The crossover can be equipped with a 1.6-liter 150-horsepower turbo engine – a joint development of BMW and PSA. For the first time, such an engine debuted on the Mini Cooper of 2006 and has undergone a series of upgrades to date. Consider his "childhood illnesses" completely eliminated. The box is also reliable, Japanese – a 6-speed "automatic" Aisin, familiar from a wide range of Opel, Peugeot and Ford cars.
Now about the most important thing: how does the "German" ride in the state specification? As for suspension settings, there is no government specification here. The springs and dampers are tuned exactly the same as, for example, for the German market. The same applies to the steering, equipped with electric power. By the nature of the ride, this is a typical European with driver’s road habits. The crossover responds quickly to precise steering turns and holds the trajectory well in a bunch of turns and on a high-speed straight. However, the chassis copes only with small and medium road bumps. On the pits, speed bumps and road junctions, the riders of both rows are shaking. However, to say that the suspension is uncomfortable is impossible. In terms of smoothness, this is the level of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Karoq of the Kaluga assembly.
There is no state specification in the suspension settings. The springs and dampers are tuned exactly the same as, for example, for the German market. The same applies to the steering, equipped with electric power. By the nature of the ride, this is a typical European with driver’s road habits
It’s a sin to complain about the dynamics of acceleration – it is felt that the 150-horsepower turbo engine is very lively, but its driver’s mood is smoothed out by a 6-speed “automatic”, which reacts to sharp pressures on the “gas” with some laziness. That Grandland X is able to go even more dynamic, you can feel in the manual mode of the transmission, which allows you to lock down a gear. But the box, alas, does not have a sports mode, and this is an omission. Be that as it may, you will get a buzz from fast accelerations from any speed, but we are not talking about sports habits here.
Fuel consumption is, shall we say, acceptable. In the city, the "German" requires about 10 l / 100 km, on the highway – about 3 liters less. Although it is clear that the result directly depends on your driving style. Don’t worry about soundproofing. Grandland X is one of the quietest in its segment.
Due to the lack of localization, the price for Grandland X starts at 1,999,000 conventional units, and the top version, which is equipped with electronic "bodyguards", a leather interior, a keyless entry system, adaptive optics and other benefits, will pull at 2,349,000 conventional units. units
As for off-road, here the "German" will give odds to the vast majority of "front-wheel drive" due to the proprietary IntelliGrip off-road system, an analogue of PSA’s Grip Control technology. The toggle switch on the central tunnel can shuffle the Snow, Sand, Mud, Standard and Disabled ESP modes. And, as we saw in the sand pit near St. Petersburg, this is a good help on loose and slippery surfaces. However, it is also true that such an assistant is not a full-fledged replacement for a 4×4 transmission. Most obstacles should be passed on the move, relying, among other things, on good geometric cross-country ability.
As for the price in our market, this is perhaps the Achilles’ heel of the "German". Due to the lack of localization, the price starts at 1,999,000 conventional units, and the top version, which is equipped with electronic "bodyguards", a leather interior, a keyless entry system, adaptive optics and other benefits, will pull at 2,349,000 conventional units. For comparison: for the base Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan today they are asking from 1,377,000 conventional units and from 1,659,000 conventional units, respectively. AG
PRICE AND SPECIFICATIONS OPEL GRANDLAND X 1,6 AT6 ENJOY
PRICE FROM 1 999 000 RUB.
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height), mm 4477x1856x1609
Curb weight, kg 1615
Wheel base, mm 2675
Trunk volume, l 514
Fuel tank volume, l 53
Engine type petrol L4
Working volume, cu. see 1598
Max. power, l. with. / rpm 150/6000
Max. moment, Nm / rpm 240/1400
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Acceleration time, 0-100 km/h, s 9.5
Maximum speed, km/h 201
Fuel consumption, l / 100 km (average) 7.3