Why the Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV could be one of the best EV sellers

Why the Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV could be one of the best EV sellers

The upcoming plug-in Grandland X will be just as practical as the standard car, and also offer great performance.

As Vauxhall’s largest crossover, the Grandland X has proven to be very popular for the firm since it first went on sale in 2017.

And it’s quite easy to see why, because the model is well-priced, comes with plenty of standard equipment and is also quite stylish.

There will soon be even more appeal to the model, with the Grandland X soon to be available as a plug-in (PHEV) variant.

While it’s not been revealed just yet, we do know quite a bit about it already.

Here’s why we think it could be Vauxhall’s best-selling electrified model.

Plug-in crossovers/SUVs are very popular

SUVs and crossovers are big business these days, and this also translates into electrified models. The current best-selling plug-in hybrid on sale in the UK is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which also happens to be the Japanese firm’s best-selling car across Europe. With the Grandland X sitting in the same sector, as a practical five-seat family SUV, the Vauxhall is likely to follow this trend and go on to be a success.

There will be no compromise on practicality 

On a family crossover, practicality can be a deciding factor, and with the Grandland X already being an ideal model in this market, it’s important that the plug-in variant doesn’t disrupt what the model does best. Thankfully, Vauxhall has promised that the new model will have “no comprise on interior space”, which will mean that the PHEV is just as appealing to families.

It’s going to be the most powerful new Vauxhall on sale

Among the many benefits that electrification brings, a key one is performance. The current Vauxhall Grandland X line-up contains a mix of petrol and diesel engines, and the most powerful variant is a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 174bhp. However, with the arrival of the hybrid, a power output of nearly 300bhp is expected, which will allow the model to accelerate from 0-60mph in under seven seconds. This will make it the most powerful Vauxhall currently on sale. Electric all-wheel-drive should also allow for superb traction.

Further details of the powertrain are expected nearer to when order books for the model open in the summer.

It will come with plenty of equipment

See Available Grandland X

 

Standard equipment on the normal Grandland X is already impressive, and the PHEV variant will only build on that. The current model comes as standard with cruise control, a touchscreen and climate control, while range-topping Ultimate version bring adaptive LED headlights, large 19-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof. One thing you can be sure of is that the Grandland X plug-in will come with loads of equipment for the price.

Stylish looks will help the model to sell

The crossover class isn’t filled with the most inspiring of car designs, but the Grandland X is one that stands out from the crowd. Standard-fit LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights give the model lots of presence out on the road, and when fitted with the larger alloy wheels and a two-tone colour scheme, it certainly looks the part.

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