Vauxhall has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid model, the Grandland X Hybrid4, which will feature a 296 hp powertrain of petrol and electricity.
The compact SUV will now be offered with a PHEV system developed by the PSA Group, featuring a 1.6-liter 196 bhp Puretech gasoline engine coupled to two 108 bhp electric motors powered by a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The front engine is integrated into an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the second engine on the rear axle offering all-wheel drive on demand.
The same system is being introduced in other PSA Group SUVs based on the LMP2 platform, including the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4. The powertrain will be extended to other models, such as the Peugeot 508 and 508 SW, the Peugeot 3008 and the Citroën C5 Aircross.
The unit will have a capacity of 31 miles of electrical operation only, and Vauxhall says it can be charged in less than two hours using a 7.4kWh wall box. It also has regenerative braking. While the performance figures for Grandland are just around the corner, PSA has previously said that the unit emits 49 g/km of CO2.
Vauxhall will offer the machine with its Free2Move service, which will give access to 85,000 loading points across Europe, with a travel planner to find loading stations included in its navigation system. The Grandland X Hybrid4 also includes the latest version of the Vauxhall Connect telematics service.
Details of Grandland X Hybrid 4 prices have not yet been confirmed. The Grandland X entry level costs £22,490.
As part of the PSA Groups broader electrification plans, Vauxhall will offer electrified versions of its entire product range by 2024, with PHEV powertrains for larger models and all-electric versions of smaller machines. Later this year it will launch a next-generation electric version of the Corsa, and has also confirmed full electric versions of the next generation Vivaro Life MPV, Vivaro van and Mokka X SUV.