By Stewart Smith on 2017-04-19 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Vauxhall reveals new
Grandland X SUV
THIS is the first sight of Vauxhall's all-new Grandland X SUV, the third member of its "X" family, which will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and go on sale early next year.
It comes with a sporty design and off-road looks and has elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies.
At 4.48 metres long, it will be the largest SUV in Vauxhall's range, offering even more cabin space than the existing Mokka X and Crossland X.
The Grandland X will come with a selection of driving assistance and comfort features including adaptive cruise control with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness alert and advanced park assist.
Inside it will feature premium ergonomic front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and smart tailgate that opens with a kick.
Grandland X drivers will have the use of the latest generation of IntelliLink systems and the personal connectivity and service assistant Vauxhall OnStar, which now includes new services such as hotel booking and parking space search.
Smartphones can be integrated to the infotainment system and charged wirelessly via inductive charging on handsets with this function.
Vauxhall says the new SUV will be able to provide safe driving fun on every surface, thanks to the optional electronic grip control that ensures traction in diverse driving situations.
The driver has a choice of five driving modes, for each one the system adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels, allows wheel-spin if necessary, and, with the automatic transmission, adjusts shift points as well as throttle response. This ensures traction and stable handling regardless of the road surface.
With its long wheelbase of 2,675mm it will offer plenty of space for up to five people while the boot (with a load volume from 514 litres to a maximum of 1,652 litres) offering plenty room for luggage and sport equipment.
Prices and performance details are still to be announced.
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