In a nutshell:
- Facelifted new Vauxhall Crossland revealed.
- The previous ‘X’ tag disappears from the Crossland name.
- Major styling improvements include a new ‘Vizor’ front end and wider stance at the rear to give it a more ‘asseertive’ look.
- Choice of adequately powered petrol and diesel engines available that give great fuel economy.
- Also improvements to chassis dynamics to improve handling.
The capable Vauxhall Crossland has been given a facelift for 2020 - and with a new ‘Vizor’ front end and wider stance, it’s an eye-catching one indeed.
That front Vizor is plundered straight from Vauxhall’s new Mokka, a car that’s ever so slightly larger than the Crossland.
And it’s designed to make the Crossland look more ‘assertive’ while also making sure the styling stays consistent throughout the Vauxhall family.
When the Crossland was first introduced in 2017 it was actually called the ‘Crossland X’.
Now that potentially confusing ‘X’ element has been scrapped, in the same way the Mokka lost its own ‘X’ suffix.
So let’s start with the design alterations.
That new front panel is a single module that runs across the face of the new Crossland, and features LED lights and Vauxhall’s new Griffin logo.
At the rear, new dark-tinted taillights and a high-gloss black tailgate surface give the Crossland a wider stance, according to Vauxhall.
And the new Crossland also comes with front and rear skid plates, chrome door mouldings and a new range of 16-inch and 17-inch alloys.
If you want something a little sportier, the SRi models will have a contrast black roof with red window accents.
Meanwhile chassis improvements - including new springs and dampers - mean the Crossland should handle better than previous versions, too.
When it hits forecourts early in 2021 it should be well equipped inside the cabin.
It’ll be available with an eight-inch touchscreen providing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity while the front seats have been tweaked to offer more comfort and support.
The boot space begins at 410 litres, but thanks to a clever mechanism that lets the rear seats slide forward by 150mm, space increases to 520 litres.
And when the rear bench is fully folded down, you get a very decent 1,225 litres of luggage space in the trunk.
Crossland owners should also be pretty satisfied with the safety features available, too, which include Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Recognition, Driver Drowsiness Alert and a Panoramic Rear View Camera with a 180-degree view.
When it comes to powertrains, there’s essentially a choice between either a 1.2 litre Turbo petrol engine, or a 1.5 litre Turbo diesel.
The petrol is available with three power outputs - a naturally aspirated 83PS, a turbo charged 110 PS mill or a 130PS unit.
Meanwhile the 1.5L Turbo D diesel engine comes with either 110PS or 120PS.
Only the 130 PS petrol and the 120 PS diesel feature a choice between manual and automatic gearboxes.
But fuel economy should be stellar - with up to 80 miles to the gallon available with the 110 PS diesel mill, and around 69 miles to the gallon with the basic petrol engine.
There’s no word yet on how much the facelifted Crossland will cost, but you can expect it to start from around £20,000.
The order book is due to open later this year, with first deliveries arriving early in 2021.