The third member of Vauxhall’s ‘X’ family has been revealed - with the addition of a new Grandland X SUV.
Set to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the SUV combines a sporty design with off-road looks, and has elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and new safety technologies.
At 4.48 metres long, it will be the largest SUV in Vauxhall’s range, offering more cabin space than the 20 centimetre-shorter Mokka X and Crossland X. It will come with ‘ultra-modern’ assistance and comfort features including Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection, Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert and Advanced Park Assist.
The optional electronic Grip Control ensures traction in diverse driving situations - offering a choice of five driving modes. 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, says Vauxhall.
Design wise, a 'bold' grille displays the Vauxhall Griffin and the bonnet features the signature Vauxhall ‘crease’. Slim, double-wing LED headlamps come with functions such as cornering light, high beam assist and auto levelling - guaranteeing optimal illumination of the road ahead.
In side profile, muscular, sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body give the Grandland X 'real 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. An optional two-tone finish, with the roof in contrasting black, adds an ‘extra touch of personalisation’.
The rear view of the Grandland X shows a wide stance, silver underside protection with integrated tailpipes on the left and right, protective cladding, and slim LED taillights.
AGR-certified premium ergonomic front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and smart tailgate, that opens with a kick, add extra driver and passenger comfort. The latest generation of IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar, which now includes new services such as hotel booking and parking space search, are also on board. Smartphones can easily be integrated to the infotainment system and charged wirelessly via inductive charging on handsets with this function.
The instrument panel and centre console with touchscreen are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver. The centre stack has three horizontal rows of controls for fast access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions.
Drivers and passengers benefit from the elevated seating position typical of an SUV, which ensures good visibility in all situations, according to the British brand. Its long wheelbase of 2,675mm means the compact class SUV has ‘plenty of space’ for up to five people, says Vauxhall, while the luggage compartment (with a load volume from 514 litres to a maximum of 1,652 litres) offers generous room for luggage and sport equipment.