Vauxhall reveals first look at Grandland X SUV test
Vauxhall has released the first images of the all-new Grandland X SUV, the third member of its ‘X’ family, ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
With a sporty design and off-road looks, the Grandland X has elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies.
At 4.48 metres long, it will be the largest SUV in Vauxhall’s range, offering even more cabin space than the 20 centimetre-shorter Mokka X and Crossland X.
The chrome winglets embrace the brand logo and flow outwards to the slim, double-wing LED headlamps, visually widening the front and giving the Grandland X a powerful, solid stance.
The side profile echoes the attractive combination of rugged SUV charm and elegant lines with sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body giving the Grandland X a certain off-road appeal.
In contrast, clear lines and the refined blade on the lower doors identify the new Grandland X as a member of the Vauxhall family. The optional two-tone finish, with the roof in contrasting black, adds an extra touch of personalisation.
The smooth flow into the rest of the body is emphasised by the “breakthrough” C-pillar, which creates a dynamic bond to the rear. The rear view of the Grandland X shows what real SUV design means, with a wide stance, silver underside protection with integrated tailpipes on the left and right, protective cladding, and slim LED taillights, underlining the newcomer’s character.
The Grandland X has the same quality on the inside with the instrument panel and touchscreen centre console clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver. The centre stack has three horizontal rows of controls for fast and intuitive access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions.
AGR-certified premium ergonomic front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and smart tailgate that opens with a kick all ensure driver and passenger comfort.
The Grandland X offers safe driving fun on every surface, thanks to the optional electronic Grip Control that ensures traction in diverse driving situations.
The driver will also have a choice of five driving modes, and for each one the system adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels, allows wheel-spin if necessary, and, with the automatic transmission, adjusts shift points as well as throttle response. This ensures traction and stable handling regardless of the road surface.
No engine details have been confirmed, but the Grandland is likely to use a mix of 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels, and 1.2 and 1.6-litre turbo petrols.
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director, said: “We now have a compelling trio of new models for 2017 that are bang on target for a sector that has seen more growth recently than almost any other in the UK.
“The range now covers all bases, from an all-wheel-drive SUV to a choice of two highly practical and stylish crossovers, with different levels of space and equipment.”
With five new models due for release in 2017, this year is shaping up to be one of the busiest ever for Vauxhall as they look to further carve out a niche in the highly lucrative crossover segment.
In the UK alone, Vauxhall has shifted more than 120,000 Mokkas since its launch in 2012. The Grandland X and Crossland X look set to bring still more growth for the manufacturer when they become available.