What is it?
Sixty-three millimetres. That’s all there is between the lengths of the new Crossland X and the recently updated Mokka X. So, what’s Vauxhall playing at, having two crossovers with barely a cigarette packet to separate them?
Well, it argues that the Mokka is more of a traditional SUV, with big wheels (up to 19in), aggressive looks and the option of four-wheel drive, whereas the Crossland comes with 16 or 17in wheels, majors on practicality and is front-wheel drive only.
It’s based on a platform that will also underpin the next Citroën C4, thanks to a deal with PSA that predates the recently agreed buyout. This original deal will also see Vauxhall launch a bigger, Grandland X model based on the current Peugeot 3008 and is the reason why the Crossland uses PSA engines: a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.
However, it’s safe to assume that there will be a lot more of this platform sharing between the brands going forward, so the Crossland X represents a taste of Vauxhall’s future.