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Petrol-electric SUV gets two less driven wheels and 222bhp powertrain, with 34-mile electric-only range and £32,390 price

Vauxhall is quickly following up the introduction of its Grandland X Hybrid4 with a more attainable, lower-powered front-wheel drive version.

Priced from £32,390 (£3,200 cheaper than before) the electrified SUV makes use of  the same 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, albeit detuned by 20bhp to 177bhp, as the standard 4Hybrid. But instead of two electric motors, it ditches the rear-mounted one and makes use of a single gearbox-mounted item instead, mated to a 13.2kWh battery.

That takes the Hybrid4's output down from 296bhp to 222bhp, enough for a 0-60mph time of 8.6sec - 2.5sec down on the four-wheel drive model - and a 140mph top speed.

On paper efficiency is also reduced for the 2WD model, which promises 192mpg (instead of 204mpg). The 13.2kWh battery enables a slightly shorter all-electric range of 34 miles, too. 

The 2WD Grandland X Hybrid also, fairly obviously, drops down to three driving modes with the removal of the AWD mode, with the same regenerative braking system as it's all-wheel drive sibling. It also gets a standard 3.7kW on-board charger or an optional 7.4kWh charger to reduce charging times. First examples arrive in showrooms in April 2020. 

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The Vauxhall Grandland X is a re-skinned Peugeot 3008 that's too bland and offers too little to stand out in an increasingly competitive market

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xxxx 17 December 2019

Fine car

Looks better than most cars costing twice the price!

superstevie 16 December 2019

Sensible move, reasonable

Sensible move, reasonable price as well
scrap 16 December 2019

Oh be still my beating heart!

Oh be still my beating heart!