New Vauxhall Crossland: mid-life makeover for small SUV

  • Tweaked name ushers in bolder new look
  • Updated petrol and diesel engines, but no electrification option
  • Order books open before end of 2020, deliveries from spring

X no longer marks the spot for Vauxhall’s compact SUV as this rejuvenated model is now simply called Crossland.

Rivalling an array of alternatives including the closely-related Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford’s EcoSport and the Kia Stonic to highlight a few, Vauxhall is pitching the Crossland as a family friendly alternative to the more daring appearance of the recently revealed Mokka.

Facelift is milder than it first appears

Sitting immediately below the Mokka it in the range, the Crossland is the second model to feature bold new frontal styling known as the Vauxhall Vizor.

Comprising of a glossy black panel that replaces a more traditional grille, complete with the latest iteration of the Vauxhall logo, the Vizor endows the Crossland with a sleek look up front. Pity then that much of the rest of the styling is as before, save for a smattering of detail changes.

Red 2021 Vauxhall Crossland grille detail

Chunkier bumpers with contrast colour accents certainly look more purposeful, while around the back the tail lights are darkened and the Crossland badge is mounted centrally on the tailgate.

Sportier SRi versions are even more distinctive with a red length of trim between the tops of the doors and the roof.

Similar story inside the Crossland

Given the extent of the changes to the Crossland’s exterior, it’s no great surprise that modifications to its cabin have been minor – functionality is the order of the day in here rather than wowing its occupants with its X factor.

Pricier Crosslands feature an 8.0-inch central touchscreen for the multimedia system, including smartphone access using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

2021 Vauxhall Crossland dashboard

There’s also a suite of safety equipment including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and a 180-degree reversing camera.

Practicality will mirror the outgoing Crossland X with a rear seat that slides back and forth by 150mm and a boot capacity of between 410 and 1,255 litres depending on whether all seats are in use.

Exact specifications will be confirmed when the trim level structure and prices are revealed in the coming weeks.

Petrol and diesel engines, but no electrification

Despite Vauxhall’s heightened visibility with small electric cars, such as the Corsa-e and forthcoming Mokka-e, there will be no full EV – or hybrid, for that matter – technology for the refreshed Crossland.

Instead there’s a mildly updated range of engines already found in the existing model: the enjoyable 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol in 110hp and 130hp guises, and the punchy 1.5-litre diesel in 110hp and 120hp forms. The more powerful versions are available in conjunction with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Red 2021 Vauxhall Crossland front three-quarter

Performance and WLTP-standard fuel efficiency figures are yet to be announced.

Vauxhall also claims to have improved the handling and ride comfort with a number of suspension modifications, as well as alterations to the steering designed to communicate better to the driver what the front wheels are up to. How successful these are will become clear when we test the new Crossland in the coming weeks.

What this means for you

While the outgoing Crossland X was a compact SUV that appealed to buyers looking for a well-equipped and practical package, it did little in terms of excitement – either visually or to drive.

Clearly the modifications here are unlikely to dramatically alter that perspective, but they could inject a little pizzazz into the Crossland elevating it from being merely worthy but dull.

Orders will be taken before 2020 draws to a close, with deliveries set for spring 2021.

Parkers will be among the first to drive the facelifted Vauxhall Crossland, so keep this page bookmarked for the latest news and views.

Further reading

>> How good is the outgoing Vauxhall Crossland X? Read our review

>> Fancy a small SUV? These are the best of the best

>> Find out how much your car is worth with a Parkers valuation

Red 2021 Vauxhall Crossland rear three-quarter