Vauxhall Grandland

gets GSe treatment

Vauxhall Grandland GSe, 2022, front
Vauxhall Grandland GSe, 2022, rear
Vauxhall Grandland GSe, 2022, interior
Vauxhall Grandland GSe, 2022, badge
Vauxhall Grandland GSe, 2022, tailgate
Vauxhall GSe line up, 2023, Astra and Grandland

VAUXHALL is expanding its line-up of GSe performance-oriented electric cars with the arrival of a plug-in hybrid version of the Grandland SUV.

Following the launch of the new Astra and Astro Sports Tourer GSe models the new Grandland GSe has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with two electric motors - one on each axle - for a combined power output of up to 300ps.

Performance figures are a 0 to 62mph acceleration of 6.1 seconds, a top speed of 146mph and theoretical fuel economy of 217.3mpg. Emissions are rated at 29g/km at best.

James Taylor, Vauxhall's managing director, said: "Following the reveal of the all-new Astra GSe and all-new Astra Sports Tourer GSe, the new Grandland GSe Plug-in Hybrid is a fantastic addition to our new electrified performance sub-brand, as we work towards offering a fully electric vehicle line-up by 2028.

"With sharper styling, improved handling and an electrified powertrain delivering responsible performance, the new Grandland GSe will offer greater driving pleasure while maintaining the versatility the Grandland is known for."

Like the Astra GSe and Astra Sports Tourer GSe, the Grandland GSe features a special suspension set-up and steering calibration.

With MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link axle at the rear, the new Grandland GSe is fitted with firmer springs and dampers with Koni FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology, which enables different damping characteristics for the optimum balance between ride comfort and handling.

As a result, Vauxhall says the Grandland GSe offers more precise and consistent responses while retaining superior stability under braking, in corners and at higher speed.

The car features Vauxhall's Vizor frontal design and sits on 19-inch alloys while a black bonnet is available as an option.

Prices are still to be announced but are likely to start from around £45,000.

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