New Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 to make Frankfurt bow

The plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 will make its debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV

The new Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 – the company’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) – will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Priced from £35,590, the Grandland X Hybrid4 is set to arrive in showrooms early next year, with four trim levels available: entry-level Business Edition Nav Premium, SRi Nav (£40,300), Elite Nav (£42,200) and Ultimate Nav (£45,450).

Featuring a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 197bhp and two electric motors adding 109bhp, the total system output is 296bhp. That translates to a 0-62mph should take 6.1 seconds.

With a motor each on the Hybrid4’s front and rear axles, four-wheel drive is available on demand. Officially it emits 36g/km of CO2 – good news for company-car drivers and those wishing to avoid the London Congestion Charge – while fuel economy is rated at 166mpg.

Of course, owners will only get remotely close to this figure by maximising their use of the 13.2kWh battery, which returns 32 miles of electric-only, zero-emissions range on full charge.

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. Using a 7.4kW home wallbox, Vauxhall says the battery can be topped up in under two hours.

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.

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.

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 the Corsa-e hatchback, Mokka X SUV, Vivaro van and Vivaro Life MPV.