Opel Grandland X gains Peugeot 3008’s plug-in hybrid powertrain
The chronicle of an electrification foretold: after the DS7 Crossback (E-Tense) and the Peugeot 3008 (Hybrid4), the Grandland X is the third compact crossover in PSA’s line-up to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Everything under the bonnet is cc’d from the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, including a 1.6 turbocharged four-cylinder producing 200hp, two 109hp electric motors, a 13.2kWh lithium ion battery pack and an 8-speed auto. The front electric motor is linked to the gearbox, the rear one drives the rear wheels directly.
As to the numbers that count: the hybrid Grandland X emits 49g of CO2 per km (correlated NEDC) and can drive emission-free for 50km if you follow the WLTP protocol (i.e. 60km under NEDC conditions). The standard on-board charger allows power to flow from the mains into the battery at a rate of 3.3kW, which means you need a bit less than 4 hours to recharge a fully depleted battery. You can halve that time by opting for the 6.6kW on-board charger.
Interestingly, the Grandland X offers one-pedal driving. By switching the regenerative braking to maximum, the deceleration becomes strong enough to bring this PHEV to a full stop and hold it steady.
Sales will start in a few months, but the first deliveries won’t happen before 2020. Prices will be comparable to the 3008's.