Opel confirms first plug-in hybrid

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Opel will offer a plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the Grandland X crossover, utilising PSA Group technology and suggesting sister brands Peugeot, Citroen and DS could offer similar products in the near future.

Opel Grandland X PHEV

Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller, and the Grandland X.

Announced by newly-appointed Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Grandland X – the brand’s first competitor in the Qashqai-sized crossover segment – launches this autumn, based on a platform shared with the Peugeot 3008. It’s the result of a technical partnership which dates back to 2012, rather PSA’s recent acquisition of the two brands.

Although details are limited, the plug-in hybrid version is likely to use PSA’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain technology, which is due to debut in 2019. This will offer an electric range of 60km, and 40% fuel efficiency improvements compared to a (gasoline) combustion engine.

The Group said last year that it has plans for seven plug-in hybrids and four electric vehicles by the end of 2021, though that wouldn’t include models launched under the Opel and Vauxhall brands. Launching this technology in the Grandland X suggests the Peugeot 3008 and production versions of the DS 7 Crossback and C5 Aircross could feature something similar.

“Our new Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group. We will follow this path closely,” said Lohscheller.

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Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.