Vauxhall’s first PHEV named Grandland X Hybrid4

by James Attwood, Autocar UK 14 May 2019

Vauxhall has revealed its first plug-in hybrid model, the Grandland X Hybrid4, which will feature a 296bhp petrol-electric powertrain.

The compact SUV will now be offered with a PSA Group-developed PHEV system, which features a 196bhp 1.6-litre Puretech petrol engine mated to two 108bhp electric motors powered by a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The front motor is integrated into an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the second motor on the rear axle giving all-wheel-drive on demand.

The same system is being introduced on other PSA Group SUVs based on the LMP2 platform, including the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4. The powertrain will be rolled out across other models, including the Peugeot 508 and 508 SW, Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C5 Aircross.

The unit will be capable of 31 miles of electric-only running, and Vauxhall says can be charged in less than two hours using a 7.4kWh home wall box. It also features regenerative braking. While performance figures for the Grandland are forthcoming, PSA has previously said the unit emits 49g/km of CO2.

Vauxhall will offer the machine with its Free2Move Service, which will give access to 85,000 charging points across Europe, with a trip planner to find charging stations included within its navigation system. The Grandland X Hybrid4 also features the latest version of the Vauxhall Connect telematics service.

An on-sale date and pricing details for the Grandland X Hybrid 4 have yet to be confirmed. The entry-level Grandland X costs £22,490 (Rs 20 lakh).

As part of the PSA Group’s wider electrification plans, Vauxhall will offer electrified versions of its entire product range by 2024, with PHEV powertrains for larger models and fully electric versions of smaller machines. It will launch an electric version of the next-generation Corsa later this year, and has also confirmed full electric versions of the next Vivaro Life MPV, Vivaro van and the next-generation Mokka X SUV.