Opel Unveils Grandland X PHEV
No exact details have been given so far.
Opel is bringing a bunch of new vehicles to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, including the new Insignia GSI in sedan and wagon variants and the Insignia Country Tourer.
During the company’s official press conference, attended by PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, Opel’s new boss Michael Lohscheller announced the Grandland X crossover, also making its world public premiere at the 2017 IAA, will become the first model of the brand to receive a plug-in hybrid system.
It appears to be the GM plug-in utility vehicle we always wanted…but never got. Now a Peugeot platform makes it real – maybe GM can work out a deal to re-badge this as a Chevy for the US market (as it does with the Bolt EV /Ampera-E in Europe for Opel).
“Our new Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group,” Lohscheller declared in front of about 300 journalists during the press conference. “We will follow this path closely.”
“The biggest model offensive in Opel’s history” will also include the launch of a range-topping Grandland X model, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and (most likely) a biturbo diesel. Despite this powerful setup, the car is offered exclusively with a front-wheel drive system. However, as Opel promises, the electronic IntelliGrip traction system ensures “best traction and stable handling” regardless of the situation.
Based on the Peugeot 3008, the Grandland X is Opel’s fresh entry into the ever-growing compact SUV segment in Europe. It is one of the brand’s most technologically advanced models, offering customers adaptive full-LED headlights, electrically operated handsfree tailgate, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 360-degree camera.
Press release below:
Three world premieres: Opel Grandland X, Opel Insignia GSi and Country Tourer
Efficient propulsion: Grandland X to be Opel’s first plug-in hybrid
Opel stand opened: Press conference with Opel boss Michael Lohscheller and Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares
Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller opened the Opel stand (D09 in Hall 8.0) at the 67thInternational Motor Show in Frankfurt (open daily until September 24) with a press conference today. With 300 journalists and Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares in attendance, the Opel CEO presented three world premieres. The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker is bidding to take the booming SUV segment by storm with the compact Grandland X. Lohscheller also announced that the newcomer will soon be available with a new top-of-the range diesel and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the Grandland X will be the first Opel to be offered as a plug-in hybrid.
“Our new Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group,” said Lohscheller at the press conference. “We will follow this path closely.”
Elsewhere, the new top-of-the-line Opel Insignia models also took center stage. The dynamic GSi continues Opel’s long tradition of sporty limousines with that certain something while the all-wheel drive Country Tourer is the right choice for adventurers.
“We are continuing the biggest model offensive in Opel’s history with these three world premieres. We have made decisive additions to our portfolio this year with the electric range champion, the Ampera-e, the Crossland X crossover, the Vivaro Life recreational vehicle and the Grandland X SUV,” explained Lohscheller in Frankfurt. “We at Opel are proud to be part of the PSA Groupe now. Together we will create a European champion. We will do so by continuing to make technology ‘made in Germany’ available to as many customers as possible, thus staying true to our brand credo the future is everyone’s.”
The full press conference can be found here as well as on Facebook and YouTube. Video sequences with the key messages can also be found on Twitter under @OpelNewsroom.
Opel Grandland X: Dynamic compact SUV for booming market
Modern, dynamic lines, a cool off-road look and the elevated seating position with good all-round visibility typical of an SUV, along with a host of top technologies as well as plenty of space and comfort for up to five passengers – this is the new Opel Grandland X. The portfolio of ultra-modern assistance and comfort features for the Grandland X is first class: Automatic Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Advanced Park Assist and the 360° Camera are just some highlights. Opel again delivers on its commitment to leadership in lighting technology, equipping the Grandland X with bright driving light thanks to Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps. And the newcomer offers driving fun all year round and on every surface. This is also thanks to the optional electronic IntelliGrip traction that ensures best traction and stable handling regardless of whether the Grandland X is travelling on snow, mud, sand or wet surfaces.
AGR-certified ergonomic front seats (Campaign for Healthier Backs), heated steering wheel as well as seat heating front and rear ensure top comfort. The tailgate that opens and closes with a simple foot movement enables easy access from outside. In typical Opel fashion, Grandland X drivers and passengers enjoy top connectivity with the latest generation of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible IntelliLink systems as well as the personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar including Wi-Fi Hotspot and new services such as booking hotel rooms and searching for parking.
Ideally equipped, the 4.48-meter long Grandland X and third member of the Opel X family is a true contender in the booming SUV class and will further revitalize the segment. In the compact class alone, the SUV share has increased from seven percent in 2010 to nearly 20 percent today. At the same time, the Grandland X expands the extensive Opel portfolio in the very popular compact car segment.