GM Europe has released this first batch of images of the new Opel and Vauxhall Crossland X. Don’t they already have one such car in the Mokka X? Not really, because the Mokka is available with AWD, is 70mm higher and has larger wheels for buyers with a taste for adventure. The Crossland is smaller, and has a firm family focus on practicality and flexibility, the company explains.

At just 4.21 metres in length, the Crossland X is 63 mm shorter, 17 mm less wide and 70 mm closer to the ground compared to the Mokka X, and a full 16 cm shorter than the Astra Hatch, offering owners better urban manoeuvrability. It also comes with an elevated seating position and an overall height that’s 10 cm above the Astra’s. While the Mokka goes against the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti, the Crossland takes aim at the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, according to its maker.

Despite the smaller footprint, the Crossland has a bigger cabin than the Mokka. It also includes a rear bench that splits fold 60/40 and slides 150 mm fore/aft. Boot volume, depending on rear bench position, varies between 410 and 520 litres.

Driver assistance and active safety features include a 180-degree panoramic rear-view camera, advanced park assist, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and side blind-spot alert, among others.

Drivers also benefit from GM’s OnStar, as well as IntelliLink infotainment systems (compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) that show up on an eight-inch colour touchscreen. An extensive petrol/diesel engine portfolio with manual and automatic transmissions will be available, GM says. As the Crossland shares mechanicals with the Peugeot 2008, its powertrains could match the French car’s.

“Crossland X is as multi-talented as it is stylish. It will appeal to buyers with families who demand agility and convenience in urban driving, but with enough comfort and performance to cover long distances at the drop of a hat. Our customers’ expectations are changing, so the timing is perfect for an additional model in the Vauxhall range, which caters for a new breed of buyer,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s chairman and MD.

Since 2012, the Mokka (recently replaced by the facelifted Mokka X) has found more than 120,000 buyers in the UK, its single biggest market in Europe. That’s set against an SUV segment which have grown year-on-year. The Crossland X is set to bring still more growth in the hot segment when it goes on sale this summer.

Forming the first part of Opel/Vauxhall’s ‘Five-Star’ 2017, which will see five major product launches in just one year, the Crossland X will be joined by another newcomer to the ‘X’ family, the larger Grandland X that will compete in the SUV C-segment later this year.

Like this kind of car? Both the Renault Captur and facelifted Peugeot 2008 are sold in Malaysia.