- New 2019 Grandland X Hybrid4 announced
- Claimed CO2 emissions of just 49g/km
- Electric range of 30 miles; total output of 300hp
The new high-efficiency SUV, called the Grandland X Hybrid4, uses both petrol and electric power to deliver an appealing blend of performance and efficiency – with Vauxhall claiming a total output of 300hp and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km on the WLTP cycle.
More importantly, for those routinely undertaking short trips or driving in urban areas, the Grandland X can potentially travel 30 miles on electric power alone.
Vauxhall has yet to announce official economy figures for its new hybrid SUV but similar plug-in hybrids are often claimed to be capable of averaging in excess of 100mpg.
Similarly, no pricing details have been released for the 2019 Grandland X Hybrid4. The range currently peaks at £34,935 for a top-specification diesel, that said, so expect the hybrid to cost in that region.
2019 Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4: blending petrol and electric
Vauxhall’s upcoming plug-in hybrid adopts the engine and electric motor set-up previewed in the new Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 in September 2018 – a closely related car, which shares its platform with the Grandland X, that itself is due to arrive in the second quarter of 2019.
The system features a 200hp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, into which a 109hp electric motor has been integrated. Together, these drive the front wheels.
At the back, however, is another 109hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels on its own. This grants all-wheel drive when required, boosting traction and stability. Charge is stored in a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and, altogether, the hybrid system can produce a maximum of 300hp.
Four driving modes are also offered, including electric, AWD and Sport, and regenerative braking is fitted and reputed to extend the electric range by 10 per cent. No performance figures have been revealed but, again, sister company Peugeot claims a 0-62mph time of just 6.5sec for its similar 3008 Hybrid4.
First in an electrified range: Grandland X Hybrid4
Vauxhall will outfit its Hybrid4 with a 3.3kW on-board charger for mains AC charging, and a 6.6kW version will also be available. No official charging times are quoted for these but Peugeot has already confirmed that its upcoming Hybrid4, featuring the standard 3.3kW 8A charger plugged into the mains, will take seven hours to charge the system’s battery.
Both Vauxhall and Peugeot, however, have confirmed that each can be fully charged by a home 7.4kW wallbox in less than two hours. Vauxhall will also offer support for public fast-charging sites, while owners will further benefit from access to the brand’s Free2Move Services – which grants access to over 85,000 charging points. The Vauxhall Connect telematics service will be standard as well, enabling real-time traffic alerts, an app for checking vehicle status and an emergency assistance system.
Currently, Vauxhall plans to offer hybrid or electric versions of all of its cars by 2024. The new Grandland X Hybrid4 will be followed by an electric version of the next-generation Corsa, as well as pure EV variants of the new Vivaro Life MPV, Vivaro panel van and Mokka X replacement.