Vauxhall Grandland X SUV
Vauxhall thinks bigger with the roomy new Grandland X SUV
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Vauxhall Grandland X SUV

  • Vauxhall thinks bigger with the new Grandland X SUVGrandland X adds more interior space to Vauxhall’s SUV range.
  • Rugged looks and sporty design.
  • Grip Control function ensures traction on every surface.
  • Options for comfort, safety and connectivity.
  • Première at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, available early 2018.

VAUXHALL has revealed the first details of Grandland X, a brand new SUV to be premièred at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Topping the SUV range, just above the Mokka X and Crossland X, the imaginatively named Grandland X will be in showrooms early next year.

Yes, we know it’s not imaginatively named at all, but you can’t judge a car on the basis that the name is a bit dull. Besides, the Grandland is based on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008 which is a pretty good car.

Maybe when the PSA takeover of Vauxhall takes hold fully the French influence may lead to better names? Or maybe they’ll just replace them all with numbers?

For now, and much more important is that the Grandland X will be the largest SUV in the range and offers a spacious interior for five people, plus baggage. It’s a nicely equipped interior too.

There’s a suite of safety and assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Braking, Park Assist, and Driver Drowsiness Alert that ensures the Grandland X is suitably equipped to take on its rivals in the mid-sized SUV sector.

You also get the whole range of comfort and technology options packed into an ergonomically styled cabin. All the controls are neatly laid out beneath the now obligatory touchscreen and the elevated seating position offers excellent visibility all round for both driver and passengers.

You can also tick the box for heated seats front and rear, smart tailgate opening, smartphone integration, adaptive LED headlights, and Grip Control function with five modes to aid handling on different surfaces.

Vauxhall even claims one of these modes will allow wheelspin if necessary. We’re not sure wheelspin is ever necessary but it does hint at a fun side to the Grandland X.

According to Vauxhall the Grandland X exhibits a sporty design with off-road looks, and that’s pretty much exactly what has been achieved.

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There is a certain chunky appeal to the styling that is probably more at home on a city street than a rugged mountainside, but that is probably the point.

There’s no reason to think the Grandland X isn’t capable of crossing the land, the Grip Control system should see to that, but with two-tone colour schemes, sculpted body, and chrome touches the Grandland X leans more towards form than function.

We can’t say whether the Grandland X will represent a good choice for company car drivers because Vauxhall has yet to release details of pricing and emissions. That being said, Vauxhall knows the car business so expect the new Grandland X to be competitive. How competitive we will find out in due course.

Vauxhall thinks bigger with the new Vauxhall Grandland X SUV
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