The Vauxhall Grandland X has been revealed five months before its Frankfurt motor show debut.
The new five-seat SUV is spun off the Peugeot 3008’s underpinnings and will sit above the Mokka X and Crossland X in Vauxhall’s line-up. Like the related 3008 and Citroën C5 Aircross – which also shares the same structure - it will compete with the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai.
The Grandland X will be powered by a selection of turbocharged engines from the PSA Group and General Motors ranges. It’s likely that the entry-level variant will have a 1.5-litre petrol and the range will be crowned by a 2.0-litre diesel version. Front-wheel drive will be standard.
The car’s exterior design shares some design features with the Crossland X, including similar lights, but the car’s larger size - it’s 200mm longer - and more conventional SUV shape adds to its road presence and creates a more aggressive stance.
Inside, the dashboard and centrally mounted touchscreen will be familiar from existing Vauxhalls, as will some of the kit on the tech list, including wireless smartphone charging, the Onstar connectivity system and a powered tailgate. A heated steering wheel and heated seats will likely be among the most popular options.
The boot can swallow 514 litres of luggage with the seats up and 1,652 litres with them down. This just beats the Seat Ateca and comfortably trumps the Nissan Qashqai, making the Grandland X one of the class’s most spacious offerings.
Vauxhall has gifted the Grandland X with its latest driver assist tech. The list includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, park assist and a driver drowsiness detector.
Following its September debut, the Grandland X will go on sale in early 2018, likely priced from around £21,500.