Vauxhall’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model will be a Grandland X Hybrid4 equipped with twin electric motors and capable of a claimed 30 miles of all-electric driving.
Unveiled by the Luton-based PSA Group-owned brand today (May 13), the new PHEV SUV combines a 200PS 1.6-litre engine petrol engine and electric motors at the front and rear axles – delivering a combined 109PS – to offer a combined fuel consumption (preliminary WLTP1/NEDC2) of 128mpg, and 49g/km CO2 emissions.
In total, the range-topping Grandland X’s Hybrid4 drivetrain produces up to 300PS.
The new models comes as Vauxhall begins to ramp up its electric vehicle (EV) plans.
A statement issued by Vauxhall said: “The Grandland X Hybrid4 reinforces Vauxhall’s dedication to electrifying its entire product portfolio by 2024.
“Later this year, the fully battery electric version of the next-generation Corsa will go on sale. This will be followed by the new Vivaro Life MPV, new Vivaro LCV and the successor to the Mokka X – all of which will feature a fully electric version.”
Vauxhall revealed that the Grandland PHEV’s Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant 1.6-litre petrol engine has been specially engineered for the hybrid powertrain.
The drivetrain’s front electric motor is coupled to an electrified eight-speed automatic transmission, while the second motor and differential are integrated into the electrically-powered rear axle, providing all-wheel traction on demand, it said.
The Grandland X Hybrid4 offers four driving modes – electric, hybrid, AWD and Sport.
In pure electric mode, the car has a range of 30 miles (according to WLTP1).
In hybrid mode, the car automatically selects the most efficient method of propulsion.
When travelling at low speeds within cities, for example, the system switches to electric mode for zero-emission driving.
The Grandland X Hybrid4 comes equipped with a 3.3kW on-board charger, with an optional 6.6kW version also available.
Vauxhall said that it will also offer a 7.4kW wallbox to allow customers to fully charge the battery in less than two hours.
Grandland X Hybrid4 owners will also benefit from access to more than 85,000 charging points across Europe, as part of Vauxhall’s Free2Move Services, which includes a trip planner capable of suggesting the best routes based on the car’s remaining range.