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Vauxhall's first PHEV is a 300bhp crossover

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Vauxhall isn't currently making any exciting cars since they got rid of the VXR brand a few years ago. The Grandland X isn't exciting either but maybe that'll change with the Grandland X PHEV which offers 300bhp and an AWD system.

The PHEV system used in the Grandland X has already been seen in the Peugeot 508 and DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4. The Grandland X is based on PSA's LMP2 platform and uses a 200bhp 1.6-litre Peugeot engine and mated to a pair of electric motors powered by a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery, producing 109bhp. I'm not sure how the maths work, but Vauxhall claims it has a total power output of 300bhp, rather than 309bhp. I'm sure James May will be able to explain how this works. The Grandland X also makes use of an 8-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to all four wheels.

Performance figures are yet to be revealed but expect performance numbers to be similar to the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4. However, other than the 300bhp power figure, the Grandland X PHEV will have a fully electric range of 30 miles, and the battery pack can be charged within two hours using a 7.4kWh wall charger. The Grandland X PHEV also features regenerative braking, a combined fuel economy of 128mpg and emits 49g/km of CO2. All economy figures adhere to WLTP standards.

The Grandland X PHEV will be offered with Vauxhall's Free2Move service which gives potential owners access to 85,000 charging points throughout the UK and Europe, with the infotainment system containing the locations of all of the 85,000 charging points.

Since Vauxhall/Opel was bought up by the PSA Group, the whole Vauxhall/Opel range will be fully electric by 2024, with PHEV's being seen in larger models and fully electric models will be seen on smaller models, like the upcoming Corsa. Other fully electric models coming out soon are the next generation Vivaro's and the next-gen Mokka X.

However, the Grandland X isn't Vauxhall's first eco-friendly car. When Vauxhall was still owned by General Motors, they sold the Ampera which was a hybrid range-extender. The Ampera didn't sell that well in the UK but is still sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera-e, which is just a rebadged Chevrolet Bolt.

Like the performance figures, the pricing hasn't been announced. Except the Grandland X PHEV to cost somewhere between £35,000-£40,000 .

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