Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 SUV is brand's first plug-in model

Turbocharged petrol engine and dual electric motors for Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 family SUV

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV

Vauxhall has taken the wraps off a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its Grandland X family SUV.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 is a four-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrid, producing 197bhp from its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and combining that with 109hp from a pair of electric motors for a total output of 296bhp.

A 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery allows for up to 30 miles of zero-emissions electric driving, while the official CO2 figure for the car is 49g/km. That means free access to the London Congestion Charge zone until October 2021, as well as low company-car tax.

The front electric motor is connected to an electrified eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the one at the rear incorporates a differential, allowing for four-wheel-drive traction when needed. Regenerative braking is also employed to feed energy back into the battery when slowing down.

Four driving modes will be offered: electric, hybrid, AWD (all-wheel drive) and Sport. Electric is the zero-emissions setting, while hybrid applies the most efficient mix of electric and engine power for everyday driving.

AWD gives permanent four-wheel drive for tackling rough terrain, and Sport frees up maximum performance at the cost of some efficiency.

There's a standard 3.3kW on-board charger, which can be upgraded to 6.6kW at extra cost should a customer want faster charging. From a 7.4kW wallbox, a full recharge should take less than two hours.

In addition, buyers will get access to Vauxhall's Free2Move service, comprising 85,000 charging points across Europe. Locations are programmed in to the car's sat-nav, which has a journey planner function for calculating the most efficient route.

Key rivals for the Grandland X Hybrid4 include the big-selling Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, as well as the Kia Niro PHEV, MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4 and new Ford Kuga plug-in hybrid.

Also, the forthcoming Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV, Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 and DS 7 Crossback E-Tense plug-ins use the same technical underpinnings as the Vauxhall.

Aside from the plug-in hybrid Grandland X, Vauxhall is also preparing a range of fully electric models, including a Corsa hatchback, Mokka X SUV, Vivaro van and Vivaro Life MPV.