Vauxhall introduces its updated compact Grandland C-SUV for the U.K. market. The Grandland continues to be based on Stellantis’ Efficient Modular Platform 2 (eMP2) architecture, which supports both electrification and internal combustion engines (ICEs) in both gasoline and diesel forms. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model also known as the HYBRID-e model, offers up to 39 miles in all-electric mode.
The market for C-SUVs is the single largest segment in the U.K., accounting for 1-in-6 of all new vehicles sold. For mainstream purchases, this ratio increases to 1-in-4, underlining the significance of the updated Grandland and its lineup of gasoline, diesel, and PHEV powertrains. Since its introduction in 2018, Vauxhall has sold more than 70,000 Grandland X models in the U.K., with more than 300,000 sold across Europe.
The advanced and efficient HYBRID-e is especially important. Sales of PHEVs continue to grow, as U.K. customers transition towards an electrified future. And many customers are seeing PHEV as a great entry point for the move to fully electric vehicles (BEV). In 2021, PHEV sales rose by 70% year-over-year, accounting for 7% of the entire U.K. market – conventional hybrid models accounted for 8.9%. The combination of advanced efficiency and all-electric driving capability provided by the latest PHEV models are expected to see sales increase again in 2022, eclipsing the 114,554 PHEVs sold last year.
Exterior Design –
The updated Grandland is the latest Vauxhall to showcase the brand’s bold and pure design principles, first previewed by the 2018 Vauxhall GT X Concept and introduced with the all-new Mokka. Opel/Vauxhall Design Director, Mark Adams, is the Briton behind the new look. Central to the design philosophy is the Vizor Front End, which will be a hallmark for future Vauxhall passenger cars. The distinctive front end features a single smooth panel that runs between the LED headlights. It houses the new Griffin logo, sensors, and radar for the driver assistance technologies and gives the updated Grandland a contemporary, clean and polished look.
Vauxhall’s signature ‘wing’ LED daytime running lights complete the front profile, giving the updated Grandland has a dramatic and recognizable look both day and night. The eco LED lights can be upgraded to adaptive IntelliLux LED® Pixel Light technology with 168 individual LED elements (84 per light), with the technology automatically adjusting the beam pattern to suit a variety of driving conditions to take the stress out of night drives.
The rear LED lights feature a ‘double wing’ design inside a smoke-colored rear light unit – making the updated Grandland instantly recognizable from the rear. Black door mirror caps add to the SUV’s road presence. Other styling highlights include a sharp-edged roof spoiler, chrome-framed daylight openings, and silver-painted skid plates.
The GS Line model adds a black roof, black exterior trim on the lower front and rear bumpers, wheel arches, and door cladding with high-gloss black inserts in the front bumper with matching Grandland lettering for a stealthier appearance. Ultimate models add high gloss black roof rails and chrome accents around the daylight openings.
The updated Grandland is available with a choice of striking wheel designs including 17-inch 5-spoke wheels, while GS Line models add 18-inch High-Gloss Black aluminum wheels for a sportier look. Ultimate models are fitted with 19-inch diamond-cut bi-color aluminum wheels for a more planted and purposeful stance.
Interior Design –
Inside the updated Grandland, Vauxhall has created a spacious, versatile, and high-tech interior for both
drivers and passengers. Vauxhall’s Pure Panel interior creates a new, driver-focused, environment with all key information and features easily accessible and visible. Two wide screens form the basis of the Pure Panel, with a digital instrument cluster displaying all key information to the driver, including satellite navigation directions, while the infotainment touchscreen allows the driver and front passenger to access the full range of vehicle features.
For convenience, and to minimize the potential for driver distraction, a row of physical buttons below the touchscreen control regularly used features such as the air-conditioning, cabin air temperature, and heated seats. The digital instrument cluster is available in either 7-inch or 12-inch displays, depending on vehicle specification, while the central touchscreen, which is angled towards the driver, comes in 7-inch or 10-inch sizes. The central air vent outlets have been merged into one on the center console, giving the entire dashboard a clean and contemporary appearance.
The updated Grandland continues Vauxhall’s tradition of setting the highest standards for consumer comfort. The ergonomic active front seats have been certified by AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken or ‘Campaign for Healthier Backs’) and support good posture. The award-winning designs are unique in the segment and provide a wide range of adjustment and electro-pneumatic lumbar support.
On Ultimate models and PHEV HYBRID-e variants, a heated steering wheel takes the chill out of cold starts while a heated windscreen prevents fog build-up and clears frost quickly in freezing temperatures. Heated front seats are also standard on all Ultimate variants. Rear visibility is provided by a frameless rear-view mirror 5, which adds to the sense of contemporary style.
The Grandland Design variants feature black fabric seat trim inserts and black fabric side bolsters. GS Line models come with black fabric seat trim inserts with black premium leather-effect side bolsters, while Ultimate variants feature black Alcantara® seat trim inserts and black premium-effect leather side bolsters.
The revised Grandland is packed with family-friendly convenience features. Wireless smartphone charging is available and provides the easiest way of keeping compatible devices topped up, without the need for untidy wires trailing around the cabin. USB sockets are also available for both front and rear passengers and the rear of the center console is available with a 230-volt power outlet to charge laptops or tablets.
Practicality and versatility form a key part of the Grandland ownership experience. A hands-free power tailgate (depending on the version) provides easy access to the hatch, which provides 514-liters (18.1 cu. ft.) of space in gasoline and diesel variants, extending to 1,652-litres when the rear seats are folded. The HYBRID-e variants feature a 390-liter (13.7 cu. ft.) hatch which extends to 1,528-litres (53.9 cu. ft.) when folding the rear seats.
The 60/40 split-folding rear seats come with a ski-hatch that allows long items to be loaded through the center seat without the need to fold either side of the rear row. A removable hard loadspace cover provides added versatility, protecting items in the hatch from view and acting as a shelf for smaller, lightweight items.
Storage space is maximized by a variety of storage solutions. The glove box provides storage space, while the center armrest lifts to reveal a handy 2.88 liters of storage – enough to hold a water bottle.
The PHEV HYBRID-e powertrain combines a 177 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 108 horsepower electric motor for a combined output of 221 horsepower. Powered by a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery, PHEV HYBRID-e variants have an electric-only range of up to 39-miles (WLTP, EAER) – making it capable of tackling a typical day’s driving for U.K. motorists in zero-emissions-use mode.
With a combined maximum torque of 360 Nm (265 lb.-ft.), the Grandland PHEV HYBRID-e can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and is capable of up to 192 mpg under WLTP testing conditions.
Available exclusively with Vauxhall’s smooth-shifting 8-speed electrified automatic transmission, drivers can select three different driving modes on PHEV HYBRID-e variants.
- HYBRID – is the default mode and offers the best of both worlds, optimizing fuel efficiency and driving performance
- SPORT – draws on the combined power of the engine and electric motor for maximum power and performance
- ELECTRIC – activates the electric motor only, providing hushed zero-emissions in-use driving
Brake Energy Recovery allows the Grandland to recover kinetic energy generated under braking to recharge on the battery. The technology allows for single-pedal driving in urban areas, with the system automatically engaging the regenerative brakes when the throttle pedal has been released. Drivers can increase the amount of energy harvested by selecting B mode, which increases the level of regenerative braking and makes it even easier to enjoy single-pedal driving.
With the e-Save feature, drivers can also specify the amount of battery charge saved to ensure the vehicle can reach its destination in zero-emissions-in-use mode, such as an urban town center.
The Grandland PHEV HYBRID-e comes with a Type 2 charging cable and 3.3kW on-board charger as standard, providing a charge time of three-and-a-half hours, with an optional 6.6kW onboard charger is also available for even faster top-ups. A Type 3 charging cable is also available for customers wishing to charge using a conventional three-pin domestic socket.
Alongside the PHEV HYBRID-e powertrain, the updated Grandland is available with a choice of efficient gasoline and diesel engines. Vauxhall’s 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine produces 128 horsepower and 230 Nm (160 lb.-ft.) of torque and is capable of up to 45.6 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 142g/km. Gasoline variants are available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic and come with 12,500-mile / one-year service intervals.
Diesel models are available exclusively with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and feature a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, producing 128 horsepower and 300 Nm (221 lb.-ft.) of torque. The efficient powerplant provides fuel consumption of 54.3 mpg, CO2 emissions of 138g/km and has 20,000-mile / one-year service intervals.
The front suspension on the Grandland features MacPherson struts that are de-coupled to separate the individual suspension load paths. The two-piece subframe has a separate crossmember with an elongated lower load path. The torsion beam rear suspension has been refined and features three torsion profiles for improved ride comfort.
The electrical steering column features rake and reach adjustment to ensure an optimal driving position, while the steering feel has been stiffened for an improved feel.
Grandland models feature 304 mm (12-inch) front and 268 mm (10.5-inch) rear disc brakes for optimal brake feel and feedback.
Prices for the simplified updated Grandland lineup have been realigned to provide customers superior value, making it an even more compelling proposition in the U.K.’s biggest segment. Previously, the recommended retail price (RRP) for the Grandland X Elite HYBRID-e was £41,370 (or about $55,195 USD). The updated Grandland Ultimate HYBRID-e has a host of improvements, yet an RRP of £37,375 (or $49,865 USD) – equivalent to a £3,995 ($5,330 USD) saving.
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