Opel tuning specialist Irmscher Automobilbau GmbH and Co.KG are now offering body and tuning kits for the brand’s latest crossover lineup. The package consists of a new front grille with a minimalistic approach. Customers can also avail this without Opel’s signature badge along the middle which they can have either with carbon fiber or chrome accents.
Included too are the new side steps that are offered with two choices of finish whether matte black or stainless steel polish. Irmscher also brings to its customers a stainless steel rear protector, a new set of 20 inch alloys with twisted spoke design while the 17-inch to 19-inch wheels come with several different styles.
The German tuning company is not only good at enhancing the Grandland X’s exterior but it can also do wonders to its performance as well. The tuning kit it provides an additional 25hp (19kW) output on both diesel and gas engines. Irmscher can adjust the ride height by at least 30mm or 1.2 inches down for those who want their crossovers to look a little bit closer to the ground.
If the above features are not enough, customers can get one or more options available to enhance the SUV's interior. The package is offered with high quality leather upholstery with various selection of colors and hides including doorsill plates in stainless steel finish.
It was only this year that Opel introduced the Grandland X as the larger version of the brand’s Crossland X family SUV. It bears a similar architecture as those with Peugeot 3008, DS Crossback and Citroen C5 Aircross as all have been using PSA Group’s EMP2 platform. Only, it is made even more affordable than the Peugeot 3008.
The Grandland X is equipped with a 1.6-liter diesel with 120hp (88kW) and 221lb-ft (300Nm) of torque or the 130hp (96kW) and 169lb- ft (230Nm) 1.2 –liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. Moreover, Opel offers optional upgrades which include panoramic sunroof and adaptive cruise control on top of the Grandland X’s standard specifications.
In related news, Opel recently introduced the Apera, a plugin hybrid equipped with a gas engine and an extended range electric motor that also won the 2012 European Car of the Year award. It now goes on sale as a fully electric vehicle with Chevrolet Bolt as its sibling. As for the Grandland X, Opel surely has more things to come for its crossover line, and for that, we should be seeing a plugin-hybrid version and an OPC variant sometime in the future. Meanwhile, those who want their crossovers to stand out more without being too overbearing may take advantage of Irmscher’s tuning kit that provides a slightly unique approach to further enhance its already attractive design.