Vauxhall has kicked off its bold electrification strategy with this, the new Grandland X Hybrid4. It’s the British firm’s first plug-in hybrid SUV model, which shares its underpinnings and powertrain with the recently-launched DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4.
The Grandland X Hybrid4’s powertrain comprises a 197bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a pair of electric motors (one for the front axle and one for the rear), resulting in a combined system output of 296bhp and 450Nm of torque.
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The combustion engine feeds its power to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the rear-mounted electric motor provides the Grandland X Hybrid4 with all-wheel drive. As a result, the sprint from 0–62mph takes a claimed 6.5 seconds, while the top speed stands at 136mph, or 83mph in full electric mode.
Power for the electric motors is supplied by a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery, giving the Grandland an all-electric range of 30 miles. The batteries can be recharged in two hours using a 6.6kW charger.
As well as a Zero Emission mode, drivers have the choice of four additional drivetrain settings. Sport mode maximises power output from both the combustion engine and electric motor; Hybrid mode provides optimal efficiency from the PHEV system; a four wheel drive mode, claims to provide better off-road performance, while E-Save mode, reserves up to 12 miles of electric range for use at the end of a journey.
To mark it out in the Grandland X range, the PHEV features a unique black bonnet – but buyers can spec a body coloured alternative as a no-cost option.
Later this year, the Grandland X Hybrid4 will be joined by a new, all-electric Vauxhall Corsa. This will be followed by fully-electric variants of the new Vivaro Life MPV and Vivaro van, as well as a successor to the Mokka X crossover.
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source: AutoExpress Best Car Reviews (autoexpress.co.uk)