Vauxhall Launches Electrification with PHEV Grandland X

British marque Vauxhall has announced its first PHEV with the launch of the Grandland X Hybrid4 SUV.

The news comes hard-on-the-heels of the brands obvious disappointment at not being able to field at the CV Show 2019 an electrified version of its new Vivaro LCV which shares the same EMP2 platform as the Grandland X. The new vehicle is something of trailblazer in electrification for Vauxhall which hopes to announce BEV versions of its Corsa, Mokka X, Vivaro Life and Vivaro van in the very near future.

Its new PHEV features a 198bhp 1.6-liter turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric drive system with two electric motors all-wheel drive and a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack. With both ICE and electric motors, the vehicle boasts a combined power output of around 297bhp and claims a combined fuel consumption of 128mpg. It also claims to emit just 49g/km CO2 which would sneak it under the 50g/km limit qualifying for the UK government’s for first year allowance on business taxation and also free admission to the London clean air zone. However, with a pure electric range of only 30 miles, it will not qualify for the UK’s purchase grant for electrified powertrains.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 offers four driving modes including electric, hybrid, all-wheel drive and sport. It features with a 3.3kW on-board charger, with an optional 6.6kW version also available. Vauxhall will also offer devices for fast charging at public stations, as well as wall-boxes at home with the option of charging to full capacity within two hours. Its trip planner can suggest the best routes based on the car’s remaining range and highlights the location of charging stations along the way.

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


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