Vauxhall has confirmed that its plug-in hybrid Grandland X will duck below the 50g/km point when it launches in late 2019.
The Grandland X Hybrid4 combines a 200hp 1.6-litre petrol engine with a two-motor electric drive system totaling 109hp to provide all-wheel drive powertrain offering 49g/km and 128g/km. Vauxhall is quoting an official 30-mile range on electric power.
The new car will come with four driving modes of electric, hybrid, all-wheel drive and sport, with hybrid being the one where the car automatically selects the most efficient method of propulsion, such as switching to full electric mode at low speeds. The regenerative braking system can increase efficient by up to 10%, according to Vauxhall, and the car will plan trips depending on remaining range and highlight charging points.
This is the first step of Vauxhall’s plug-in plans, which will also include four full electric models – the Corsa later this year, and then the next-generation Mokka X and new Vivaro commercial and passenger versions, part plans to electrify its entire model line-up by 2024.
Parent company PSA’s electrification plans also include the full electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and new Peugeot 208, and plug-in hybrid Citroen C5 Aircross, DS 7 Crossback, Peugeot 508 saloon and SW and Peugeot 3008 over the next 12 months.
Vauxhall said it will be able to offer access to 85,000 charging points across Europe through fellow PSA brand Freee2Move, and the Grandland X Hybrid4 will feature the new Vauxhall Connect telematics service that includes Live Navigation with real-time traffic updates and the ability to check key vehicle data through an app.
The Grandland X will be Vauxhall’s first move into plug-in vehicles since the Ampera range extender model was killed off in 2015 after five years of sales. There was a second-generation Ampera-e electric car sold as an Opel in Europe, but it was never launched in the UK.