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Vauxhall goes electric with new Grandland X plug-in hybrid 4x4 boasting 128mpg

By Paul Connolly

Vauxhall has taken a massive stride towards electrification by unveiling its first ever plug-in hybrid SUV.

The new Grandland X Hybrid4 features “state-of-the-art” plug-in hybrid technology.

The SUV’s powertrain consists of a 200hp, 1.6-litre turbo direct injection four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system with two electric motors, all-wheel drive and a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery.

Vauxhall says that together, the petrol engine and electric motors produce up to 300hp, and offer a combined fuel consumption of 128mpg, emitting just 49g/km CO2 (which means no road tax).

The move is just part of a big electrification strategy from Vauxhall, which will see the launch of full battery electric versions of the Corsa (later this year), Mokka X, Vivaro Life and Vivaro vans (all likely by next year).

The Grandland X hybrid’s petrol engine is Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant and has been specially engineered for the hybrid powertrain.

The front electric motor is coupled to an electrified eight-speed automatic transmission, while the second motor and differential are integrated into the electrically-powered rear axle, providing all-wheel traction on demand.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 offers four driving modes – electric, hybrid, AWD and Sport.  In pure electric mode, the car has an official claimed range of 30 miles.

In hybrid mode, the car automatically selects the most efficient method of propulsion. When travelling at low speeds within cities, for example, the system switches to electric mode for zero-emission driving.

A regenerative braking system is included, which is said to increase the electric range by up to 10 per cent.

The car comes with a 3.3kW on-board charger, with an optional (faster) 6.6kW version also available.

 Vauxhall will also offer devices for fast charging at public stations, as well as wall boxes at home. With a 7.4kW wall box, customers can fully charge the battery in less than two hours.

Owners will be able to use more than 85,000 charging points across Europe, as part of Vauxhall’s Free2Move Services.

This also includes a trip planner, which suggests the best routes based on the car’s remaining range and highlights the location of charging stations along the way.

The Navi 5.0 IntelliLink infotainment system, available as standard, guides drivers to the selected charging station.

You’ll recognise the Grandland X hybrid as it comes with a black bonnet as a no-cost option (although customers can spec a body-coloured one at no extra cost if desired).

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