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Grandland X becomes Vauxhall’s first plug-in hybrid

British firm’s first electrified model has a petrol engine and two electric motors

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Vauxhall has revealed the Grandland X Hybrid4, the brand’s first-ever petrol-electric plug-in hybrid model.

The powertrain has been developed by PSA Group, which owns Vauxhall, and is comprised of a 200hp 1.6-litre petrol engine, as well as two electric motors that make a combined 109hp. The system can produce up to 300hp, and Vauxhall claims it offers economy of 128mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 49g/km of CO2.

There is one electric motor on each axle, with the front motor working with the petrol engine through the eight-speed automatic transmission and only powering the front wheels, while the rear-mounted electric motor powers the rear wheels providing all-wheel drive.

A 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery provides an electric-only range of 30 miles, and the driver can choose to only run on electric via one of four driving modes. These are electric, hybrid, AWD and Sport.

Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 PHEV - rear

Vauxhall is offering the choice of a 3.3kW or 6.6kW on-board charger and says that the battery can be fully replenished within two hours via a 7.4kW wallbox. The battery can also be replenished while driving through regenerative braking.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 is the first model in Vauxhall’s plan to add electrification across its range. A new all-electric Corsa supermini is expected to be revealed later this year before going on sale in 2020.

   

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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