Vauxhall has released photos of its latest crossover, called the Grandland X, a full five months ahead of the model's official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Set to slot into the range above the Crossland X, it will become the biggest SUV in a three-part 'X family' lineup and compete with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, in what is currently a very busy segment.
The Grandland X is the first model announced after the company's merger with PSA Group and, appropriately enough, sits on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008 and newly unveiled Citroen C5 Aircross.
The design language is naturally very similar to the smaller Crossland X, but its larger footprint allows it to gain a broader stance and more mature lines. One distinct area of difference is around the rear pillars, where the Grandland eschews the Crossland's Adam-style floating C-pillar for a sharkfin-style look, reaching up from the beltline and standing out against the contrasting black roof. The tail lights are separated from the rear window this time and are more similar to those on the new Astra and Insignia. Chrome-finish trim around the bottom of both bumpers aim to add a premium touch.
The interior is fairly conventional and includes Vauxhall's latest suite of infotainment and gadgets, including the central touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging and OnStar service (which even helps you book hotels and find parking spaces). The front seats have had their ergonomics certified by specialist organisation AGR, according to Vauxhall, while drivers are monitored and assisted by all manner of systems including Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert and Advanced Park Assist.
The Grandland X will be revealed in full at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and go on sale in early 2018.