The Grandland X, which was developed as part of the new deal between Opel and Peugeot (the latter now owns the former)  will be here by the middle of the month and Opel is getting a boost in terms of engines and the automatic gearbox as a result.

The X is also built on the same platform as both the Peugeot 3008 and the 5008. Opel may do very well off the back of the success of both these cars and the rather dramatic interest being shown in them by Irish buyers ordering for January registrations.

The Grandland X starts at €27,995 and is aimed at cars like the Nissan Qashqai that dominate the medium crossover market.

The Grandland X will now be available with a 177 horse power 2.0 litre diesel engine variant that will be matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Opel is promising some impressive fuel consumption rates.