Opel/Vauxhall introducing Grandland X PHEV
PSA-owned Opel/Vauxhall presents the Grandland X SUV as plug-in hybrid variant just a day after announcing the all-electric Corsa to debut on 4 June. Orders for the Grandland X will open later this year and build on Peugeot’s 3008 hybrid.
As PSA’s other brand, the Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid has two electric motors with 80 kW each. These couple with a 1.6-litre petrol engine for a combined system output of 220 kW. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 13.2 kWh and is to provide a range of up to 50 kilometres in the WLTP cycle.
As standard charging, Opel envisions an AC charger with a charging capacity of up to 3.3 kW. Optionally, the charging capability can be doubled to 6.6 kW so that a full charge takes a little under two hours. Besides, PSA’s e-mobility arm Free2Move Services offer a charging pass that gives access to more than 85,000 charging points in Europe. There is also a route planner that takes into account the remaining range of the vehicle and the location of the charging stations.
Grandland X Hybrid4 drivers can choose between four driving modes: Electric, hybrid, all-wheel and sports and there is also “Regeneration on Demand”. In regular traffic, the car automatically slows down to a standstill. The Grandland X Hybrid4 features a so-called accelerator pedal for “One Pedal Driving”.
In addition to the Grandland X Hybrid4 and the Ampera-e, which continues to be available in various markets, the manufacturer will also launch the next generation Corsa on 4 June, the new Zafira Life, the new Vivaro commercial vehicle and the successor to the Mokka X within 20 months – each model also as a purely battery-powered version. Opel Vauxhall intends to electrify its entire product range by 2024.
The parent company PSA is also preparing the transition to the electric age: By 2025, the carmaker intends to offer electrified offshoots for all 40 models of its brands. PSA’s plug-in hybrid offensive starts in 2019 with a corresponding offshoot of the DS7 Crossback, the PHEV versions of the Peugeot models 3008 and 5008, the Citroën C5 Aircross and of course the Grandland X.
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