Opel Unveils Grandland X Plug-in Hybrid In Frankfurt

Opel just unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its all-new Grandland X sport utility vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show.

Without sharing a lot of details (such as range, etc.), Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said at a preview for three new Opel models the Grandland X will be its first plug-in hybrid.

The 4.48-meter long (14.7 feet) Grandland X compact SUV is the third addition to the Opel X product line, and has been targeted at the fast growing SUV market in Europe. A Vauxhall version is also being made available.

Opel’s new SUV will soon be available in a diesel version and another variation equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The company sees big opportunities in the plug-in hybrid segment.

“Our new Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group. We will follow this path closely,” Lohscheller said.

Opel has yet to release information on the Grandland X’s engine and electric motor; and when it will be introduced to the market.

The exterior and interior features were the focus of the media event. There’s enough space for five passengers, with good all-around window visibility for safe driving and scenic views. Elevated seating positions will help.

As for the latest in tech features, it will get automatic cruise control with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness alert, advanced park assist and a 360-degree camera. Safety will be supported with Opel’s adaptive forward lighting LED headlights.

Buyers can also choose the option electronic IntelliGrip traction system. That offers better traction and stable handling when driving over the wide range of possible weather conditions on roads.

The Grandland X plug-in hybrid plays into the company’s strategy to roll out more electrified models.

“We have made decisive additions to our portfolio this year with the electric range champion, the Ampera-e, the Crossland X crossover, the Vivaro Life recreational vehicle and the Grandland X SUV,” he said.

SEE ALSO: Opel Confirms Ampera-e Plus Other EVs Will Be Wearing Its Badge

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares was also in attendance at the unveiling event. The French automaker acquired Opel earlier this year from General Motors.

For now, Opel will continue to offer the Ampera-e, a rebadged Chevy Bolt available in the European market. It’s the only GM sourced model available to Opel customers in Europe.

The Chevy Volt had been sold by Opel in Europe as the Ampera. In 2015, Opel stopped selling the Ampera plug-in hybrid model due to weak demand.


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