With the launch of the Grandland X Hybrid4 Vauxhall has charged up its plans to expand its electric car range, which is something it plans to expand over the coming months and years.
The brand has committed to providing electric cars for everyone as part of its ‘Switch it Up’ campaign and the Hybrid4’s all-wheel-drive powertrain, using two electric motors and a 1.6-litre petrol engine, is the first chapter on that journey, alongside the all-electric Corsa-e.
There are multiple ways to use the Hybrid4 - either in full hybrid mode, which allows the car to determine when it’s operating most efficiently, or in normal mode, where it will drive fully on electric power for up to 35 miles (WLTP) using regenerative braking, which harnesses kinetic energy from the car’s brakes to feed energy back to the battery pack.
It has two additional driving modes - Sport for optimal performance and all-wheel-drive for when the going gets tough.
The most relevant driving mode depends on the job in hand. For example, local errands and short commutes can be carried out in full electric, meaning no petrol costs and zero exhaust emissions - great for air quality and great for your pocket.
On long-haul journeys, flick into hybrid mode and the car will operate at optimal efficiency, based on speed, traffic levels and atmospheric conditions, maximising its range. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about range anxiety as the petrol engine will always be there as a back-up.
With its standard 3.7kW on-board charger, the Hybrid4 can be plugged in at home or at one of the UK’s rapidly growing network of charging points. Choose the optional 7.4kW charger with a home-installed wall box and the Hybrid4 can be charged up to full capacity in less than two hours.
The drivetrain delivers incredible performance, too, with up to 300bhp at the pedal, while still returning 204mpg (WLTP).
It’s clever tech and it’s also going to get more common as Vauxhall rolls out its innovative hybrid technology across other models in its range in the months and years to come.
If you want to be one of the first people in the UK to test drive this stunning technology, get in touch with our dealership in Littlehampton today to find out more and book a test drive on 01903 866440.