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Vauxhall Grandland X to take on Qashqai

Five-seat SUV launches in early 2018.

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First images of the Vauxhall Grandland X have been unveiled ahead of the SUV’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

A larger sister to the recently revealed Crossland X, the Grandland X is expected to target the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca in the booming crossover market.

The car is built on the same architecture as the Peugeot 3008 in a joint programme between Vauxhall and new owners PSA Group. At 4.477mm in length, 1844mm width and 1636mm high, with a 2675mm wheelbase, the Grandland X will be the largest SUV in the brand’s now three-strong range.

Five-seat only

Vauxhall appears to have foregone an opportunity, however, to make the Grandland X a seven-seat SUV. It is described as having a spacious interior to carry five passengers and their luggage, the boot space being 514 litres, expanding to 1652 litres with the rear seats folded.

   

Currently there are no details of the car’s powertrain options apart from Vauxhall stating that Grip Control, PSA Group’s off-road traction aid will be available. This suggests standard versions of the Grandland X will be front-wheel-drive.

It is expected that PSA Group engines will be part of the line-up and industry observers expect entry-level models to use a 1.5-litre petrol unit.Vauxhall Grandland X interior

The technology available with the new SUV is being heavily promoted – the Grandland X will include a host of assistance and comfort systems. Among them are adaptive cruise control with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, a driver drowsiness alert and park assist. Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps include a cornering light, high beam assist and auto leveling.

Heated seats both front and rear and a heated steering wheel will also be available, as will a smart tailgate that opens with a kick.

Vauxhall’s latest IntelliLink connectivity systems and the personal connectivity and service assistant Vauxhall OnStar will as expected form part of the Grandland X specification.

The Vauxhall Grandland X is expected in UK showrooms early in 2018.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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