Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV To Lead PSA’s Electrified Future
JUN 18 2018 BY MARK KANE
The Grandland X offered by PSA’s Opel (continental Europe) and Vauxhall (UK) brands will get a plug-in hybrid version in 2020.
As part of a big electrification initiative by the French group, all Opel and Vauxhall models will be offered in plug-in versions by 2024.
Because the Grandland X is a popular model – already the second-best-selling Vauxhall, it’s expected to take the center position in the new strategy.
Also the next generation Corsa (2019) will get all-electric version in 2020.
It’s not yet known what all-electric range the Grandland X PHEV will achieve. In 2016 (prior to the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from GM) PSA hinted at 13 kWh battery packs for 60 km (37 miles) in upcoming plug-in hybrids.
Autocar expects that two gasoline engines are considered for the job – 1.2L or 1.4L (both turbocharged).
“The Grandland X PHEV is predicted to become Vauxhall’s biggest-selling electrified model when it arrives, meaning its success will prove pivotal in adapting the company’s line-up to the evolving new car market.”
The production of the Grandland X PHEV will take place at the Opel’s Eisenach site in Germany.
“This investment will also see Grandland X production extended to Eisenach from mid-2019, when two shifts will be operated in order to meet projected demand. This plant will also handle production of the PHEV version. Currently, the Grandland X is produced in Sochaux in France and Walvis Bay in Namibia.”