Yesterday, we showed you teaser pictures of the upcoming sixth-generation Opel Astra. The Opel brand is on a roll, releasing a number of new products with electrified new options. One of those products was shown yesterday, the new Grandland.
The Grandland is a compact crossover offering that is shared between the Opel and Vauxhall brands in Europe. Based on the Peugeot S.A. (PSA) EMP2 Platform, shared by the Citroën C4, Citroën C5, Citroën C5X, DS Automobiles D7 Crossback, DS9, Peugeot 3008, Peugeot 5008, Peugeot 508, and a number of other products, including a few by Toyota and Dongfeng. So there is no doubt that the EMP2 Platform will have an integral influence on the upcoming Stellantis-branded electrified platform architectures, which will be learning more on July 8th.
The Grandland continues Opel’s new brand language, pulling inspiration from the Opel Mokka. The new Grandland features what Opel is calling its new “Opel Vizor” face for the brand. The Vizor sharpens the look of the front of the vehicle while integrating the grille and the Opel logo. There is also new technology incorporated into the front styling including class-leading IntelliLux LED® Pixel light into a single visual element.
The 168 LED elements – 84 per headlamp, resulting in a seamless adaptation of the light beam according to the driving situation and surroundings, without glare for other traffic. The LED elements of each slim headlamp line up in a three-row matrix system where the functions flow seamlessly into the next level.
The new Grandland also incorporates Night Vision, which the system can detect pedestrians and animals in darkness at a distance of up to 100 meters and will warn the driver. A similar system was introduced on the all-new 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L. There is also the new semi-adaptive Highway Integration Assist, to keep the Grandland centered in the middle of its lane and a safe distance to the vehicle in front of it.
Keeping with the Opel brand’s electrification strategy, the new Grandland will offer customers high-efficiency plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants which will be offered in both front or electric all-wheel-drive configurations.
The Grandland will adapt the new Opel Pure Panel full-digital driver-oriented cockpit design. This incorporates two wide screens into a single unit and welcomes the driver and their occupants with the latest in-car infotainment system features in a high-tech package. The new optional 10-inch center touchscreen even faces the driver, so they can concentrate on driving without needing to take their eyes off of the road.
Grandland also adds a number of other assistance systems, including a 360-degree panorama camera, making maneuvering easier for the driver via a front and a rear camera. The area in front of and behind the car as well as a bird’s eye view is displayed on the infotainment screen. There is also an Automatic Parking Assistant which identifies longitudinal and transverse parking spaces and steers the Grandland in and out automatically.
Grandland’s Blind-Sport Warning System prevents potential collisions when turning or changing lanes. In case of danger, a vehicle symbol lights up in the respective exterior mirror. There is also the addition of Front Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Drowsiness Detection, and Cruise Control, all of which are standard safety features on every Grandland model.
The Grandland meets the highest standards not only with assistance systems but also when it comes to comfort. The ergonomic active seats for drivers and front passengers certified by the “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.” (campaign for healthy backs) support good posture behind the steering wheel. The award-winning seats are unique in Grandland’s class and offer a wide range of adjustments, from electric seat tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. In the leather trim, they offer heating and even ventilation. Comfort is further increased by “Keyless Open & Start” and the sensor-controlled tailgate that can be opened and closed by a movement of the foot under the rear bumper.
Connectivity and entertainment are provided by infotainment systems that are also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In combination with the services from OpelConnect, the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro makes traveling especially relaxing with real-time traffic information, online map updates, and predictive navigation. Wireless charging in the center console provides a fast and clean way to charge your smartphone without wires.
Some of you may wonder why we care so much about the Opel brand as well as the other PSA brands. But the simple fact is, that these brands are now part of the fold of the core Mopar portfolio vehicles. Now as Stellantis merges its technologies, platforms, and powertrains, we are starting to get an important look at the future of small vehicles not for the global market, but for North America too.
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