PSA Uses Frankfurt to Launch Vauxhall/Opel’s EV Future

PSA Group is using the Frankfurt Motor Show to launch its Vauxhall/Opel brand’s electrified future.

It’s particularly significant because the rest of the group’s brands will not be officially represented by the factories to give the joint brand a clear stage to cement its future in the carbuying public’s mind. The brand, currently still with production plants in both the UK and Germany as it has had since the 1930s under General Motors’ ownership, will debut three models, two of which flying the electrified banner. Heading the list is the long-awaited Corsa-e bulit the group’s CMP multi-energy platform with a BEV powertrain boasting 134bhp from its 50kWh battery and acceleration from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds. Claimed range, under WLTP testing, is 205 miles and, using a public fast-charger, the car can be charged to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes.

Next on the line-up will be the Grandland X Hybrid4, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Its powertrain comprises an electric drive system with two electric motors, all-wheel drive, a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a turbo-charged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine claiming a combined output of 298bhp. Fuel consumption is a claimed 166mpg (138mpg US) on the WLTP combined cycle while emitting 36g/km CO2. Performance claimed is a 0-62mph sprint time of 6.1 seconds.

Finally, the brand’s new Astra compact hatch-back remains, as yet, ICE comprising three-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines with start/stop systems. These engines claim to offer CO2 reductions of up to 21% versus the outgoing model. All of the new engines are compliant with Euro 6d (6.3) and RDE 2.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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