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Vauxhall Grandland X confirmed for next year

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Vauxhall continues its charge into the SUV market and confirms name of its C-segment SUV.

Vauxhall has confirmed that the C-segment SUV that will hit the streets of Britain in 2017 will be called the Grandland X. The model will line up alongside the Mokka X and the Crossland X in the brand’s ever-growing SUV range.

Vauxhall claims that the new Grandland X will blend ‘ruggedness’ with ‘elegance’, with a firm focus on driving dynamics, comfort and practicality. It will play a major part in the British manufacturer's game of catch-up, alongside its German sibling Opel, as the GM Europe brands attempt to cash in on the growing demand for SUVs. GM hopes that this will off-set the falling levels of interest in conventional MPVs such as the Zafira and Meriva.

Component collaboration

Vauxhall has entered into a deal with the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group, which will provide the components to underpin the Grandland X. The Vauxhall SUV will then take on the likes of the SEAT Ateca, Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai and offer a more dynamic family-friendly alternative to Vauxhall’s Zafira.

The new five-seater is set to be about 4.5 metres in length and the crossover will make use of the EMP2 platform technology, as will Peugeot’s up-and-coming 5008 and 2008 cars. In fact, the Grandland X is likely to be built alongside the two Peugeots at the PSA plant in Sochaux, France.

Vauxhall’s managing director, Rory Harvey, said that the brand’s range has been created so it ‘covers all bases’ and includes an all-wheel-drive option, as well as two ‘stylish’ and ‘practical’ crossovers, offering differing levels of equipment and space.

Harvey said that thanks to the new crossovers and the company’s new Insignia Grand Sport and derivatives, next year looks set to be one of the ‘busiest years ever’ in terms of new product launches.

Debut for the Vauxhall Grandland X

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, held in Germany next autumn, looks likely to be the stage for the debut of the Vauxhall Grandland X and sales should begin at the start of 2018. It is likely to be offered with a variety of GM and PSA engines, including entry-level small turbocharged petrol units and a higher-end 2.0 diesel.

It is also possible that it will have access to EMP2 electric technology thanks to its tie-up with PSA. This means that a plug-in hybrid could be on the cards, complete with an electric rear axle and front wheels driven by the combustion engine.

The Vauxhall SUV line-up

At either side of the Crossland X, Mokka X and Grandland X will be the ‘Adam X’ and the flagship SUV which the CEO of GM, Mary Barra, confirmed in 2014. Announcing the brand’s largest model resulting from GM’s European investments, Barra revealed that the big SUV will be built by 2020 at the Opel headquarters in Russelsheim.

The flagship model is set to rival the Land Rover Discovery Sport and sit above Vauxhall’s new Insignia in the brand’s range. It could actually sit on an elongated version of the Insignia’s new platform.

Vauxhall’s largest SUV should also cement stronger relations between GM’s US and European operations as the new flagship is likely to have technology in common with a new Buick and Cadillac.

The Buick brand, which is headed up by the ex-managing director of Vauxhall, Duncan Aldred, should also mean that GM can take its big SUV into the extremely lucrative Chinese market. Aldred has also had conversations with Karl-Thomas Neumann, the Opel chairman, about the possibility of collaboration on a coupe. This could build upon the success of the Buick Avista Concept, which was shown off at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year.

The Adam crossover, meanwhile, is set to draw inspiration from next-gen city cars and rival the likes of SEAT’s planned Mii X-Perience.

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