New 2017 Vauxhall Grandland X steps out in psychedelic camo

Published: 31 January 2017

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Here’s one way to confuse onlookers and motoring espionage types: wrap your prototype test car in an eye-tricking disguise that’d befuddle even the most eagle-eyed of bystanders.

This psychedelic camouflage masks the new Vauxhall Grandland X – a new family crossover due to be shown later in 2017 to battle the Nissan Qashqai set.

Another Vauxhall/Opel crossover?

Yep. GM Europe is piling wholeheartedly into the crossover sector, following in the tyre tracks of most other brands, not least sector pioneer Nissan.

GM's crossover charge

In autumn 2016, GM issued this teaser picture (above) to explain the relative positioning of its new trio of family-focused cars.

The Mokka X is the refreshed version of its junior crossover and it was followed by the recently unveiled Vauxhall Crossland X (below). 

Vauxhall Crossland X

X marks the spot for the flurry of activity models streaming forth from Russelsheim, designed to cash in on the public’s insatiable appetite for all vehicles taller of stance, muddier in vibe and more practical by nature.

What do we know about the Gangland, sorry, Grandland X?

As previously reported, the Grandland X is based on the Peugeot 3008 following a PSA-GM partnership to fast-track SUVs and crossovers in Europe.

That points to a front-wheel drive only architecture with a healthy dose of driving dynamics and ride comfort baked in. Expect a raft of familiar engines.

Expect to see the newcomer at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2017.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet