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Vauxhall Grandland X plug-in hybrid revealed

Published 13 May 2019

The Vauxhall Grandland X will soon be offered as a plug-in hybrid model capable of travelling under electric power for 30 miles, with prices expected to start at more than £35,000 when it goes on sale next year.

The SUV will be the firm's first ever plug-in hybrid and forms part of its ambitious strategy to electrify its entire range by 2024. A fully electric Corsa will follow, as will electric versions of its Mokka X crossover and all-new Vivaro van.

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The Grandland X Hybrid4 is closely related to the DS 7 E-Tense, and will combine a 200PS 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, to produce a combined 300PS. While official fuel consumption figures are yet to be announced, it's said to emit just 49g/km CO2 under official WLTP tests.

An eight-speed automatic transmission will feature as standard, while an electric motor positioned on the rear axle provides on-demand all-wheel-drive.

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Drivers will be able to select from four driving modes (electric, hybrid, AWD and sport), with an official range of 30 miles in electric mode. In hybrid mode, the car automatically selects the most efficient method of propulsion - switching to electric mode for zero-emission driving at low speeds, for example.

A 3.3kW on-board charger is provided as standard, while an optional 6.6kW provides quicker charging if required. With a 7.4kW wallbox fitted at home, Grandland X Hybrid4 drivers will be able to fully charge the battery in less than two hours.

In a further bid to increase efficiency, the plug-in hybrid Grandland X comes with a regenerative braking system, which will pump energy back into the battery under braking and increase the electric range by up to 10 per cent.

Plug-in hybrid models have proved controversial, leading to the Government scrapping the plug-in car grant last year. Some blame this for the recent drop in new car sales.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the country's most popular plug-in hybrid electric car, with many company car drivers switching from diesel for the tax incentives of the low-emission vehicle.

While plug-in hybrid vehicles can be thirstier than diesels during long journeys, manufacturers point out that they're well suited for commuting. If you live within 30 miles of work, for example, and can charge a PHEV at work and home, in theory you'll be able to commute entirely under electric power in the new Grandland X plug-in hybrid.

Prices for the new Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 are yet to be announced - but it's likely to be positioned above the current Grandland X range, which tops out at £34,935 for the Ultimate model.

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