2021 Vauxhall Grandland SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
Updated Vauxhall Grandland family SUV gets a bold new look inside and out, plus new technology and new seats that are designed to improve comfort...
On sale Autumn | Price from £26,000 (est)
When the Royal Navy launched HMS Dreadnought in 1906, it was such a step forward that it instantly made all other battleships obsolete, and sparked a race to build more ‘dreadnoughts’ as quickly as possible. And similarly, having recently introduced a car with a radical new design that made the rest of its range look dated at a stroke, Vauxhall finds itself in a rush to update all those other models.
As for the redesign, it sees the front grille stretched the full width of the car, with the headlights incorporated within it. Those who remember the Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit might experience some déjà vu, but there’s no denying that the resulting face stands out in a modern car park.
There are big changes inside the Grandland, too, with the analogue instruments and relatively small touchscreen of the old model swapped for two wide screens that are mounted side by side. At first glance, that makes it appear as if there’s a single screen running all the way from behind the steering wheel to the centre of the dashboard.
Ditching physical controls in favour of giant screens is very much on trend in the car world right now. Fortunately, though, Vauxhall has resisted the temptation to follow its sister brands Citroën and Peugeot in moving the air conditioning controls into an infotainment menu. Instead you get separate buttons and knobs, which should be far less distracting to use on the move.
Vauxhall is promising that the Grandland will set the highest standards for comfort, with new front seats that have apparently been certified by an independent German organisation that promotes better back health.
What’s more, the new Grandland can be specified with a host of driver aids that weren’t available on the pre-facelift car. They include a night vision system that can alert the driver to pedestrians and animals, and something called Highway Integration Assist, which brings together adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist in an effort to make motorway driving less tiring.
Prices for the new Vauxhall Grandland won’t be confirmed until closer to the start of deliveries, which are scheduled for the autumn, but we wouldn’t expect them to rise significantly from those of the Grandland X, which costs from £25,165.
Likewise, the engine line-up is still to be confirmed beyond the fact that there will be a plug-in hybrid model, but a quick look at the current Grandland X line-up should give you a good idea of what will be available.
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