Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 Revealed as Carmaker's First PHEV, Offers 300 HP

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 Revealed as Carmaker's First PHEV, Offers 300 HP

Globally Opel is going big on electrification, with fully-electric versions of the next Corsa, Zafira, Vivaro and Mokka X all due in the coming years, along with a number of hybrid variants.

The compact SUV will now be offered with a PSA Group-developed PHEV system, which features a 196bhp 1.6-litre Puretech petrol engine mated to two 108bhp electric motors powered by a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The powertrain is created to operate in front-wheel-drive mode under normal conditions with the rear motor only kicking in for extra traction. While performance figures for the Grandland are forthcoming, PSA has previously said the unit emits 49g/km of CO2.

According to Opel, the vehicle's battery will charge up in about 1h50m when plugged in to a 7.4kW wallbox.

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. Optionally, the charging capability can be doubled to 6.6 kW so that a full charge takes a little under two hours. In regular traffic, the vehicle automatically slows down to a standstill.

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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.

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

An on-sale dale and pricing details for the Grandland X Hybrid 4 have yet to be confirmed.

By linking the front electric motor to the eight-speed automatic transmission and fitting the rear one in the rear axle together with the inverter and differential, Opel's PHEV Grandland X benefits of all-wheel drive.

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