Russelsheim - A stylish and capable crossover it may be, but Opel’s Grandland X is not a vehicle that you would readily associate with hot hatch performance, as is the case with most of its compact SUV rivals.
But now there is a hot version, revealed in Germany on Monday, and much of its extra urge comes from electric power.
The Hybrid4 is Opel’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it makes use of Peugeot’s PHEV drivetrain, mating a 147kW 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine to a pair of electric motors and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, for a system output of 225kW. No performance figures have been released as yet, but with that kind of power it will certainly be brisk, albeit weighed down a bit by its 13.2kW/h lithium-ion battery, which is located beneath the rear seats to minimise the effect on cabin and boot space.
That will also have an adverse effect on economy once the battery charge has been depleted, which Opel says will only happen after about 50km (measured on the WLTP driving cycle).
Apart from the all-electric mode, drivers have have three other modes to choose from, these being Hybrid, Sport and AWD - the latter activating the electrified rear axle for all-wheel-drive capability when additional traction is desired.