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Vauxhall Grandland X targets Nissan Qashqai

Vauxhall's largest SUV should cost around Β£18,500 when it goes on sale early next year

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Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X will be the culmination of the brand's current SUV offensive – a new five-seat small SUV which is aimed at rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca. It will be the second Vauxhall SUV to launch in as many years, in fact, following on from the smaller Crossland X which arrives in showrooms in June.

What's new on the Vauxhall Grandland X

It’s unsurprising to see that both the Crossland X and Grandland X share the same styling – and just as its smaller sibling is closely related to Peugeot’s 2008 underneath, so the Grandland X will take many of its engines and underpinnings from the larger 3008. That’s a good thing, because we give the current 3008 a commendable four-star rating, and some versions even get a full five stars.

What engine options will be available on the Vauxhall Grandland X?

Engine options, therefore, will include 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrols, and 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels in multiple states of tune, available with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. As with the 3008, the 1.2-litre petrol is likely to be the best choice for most buyers, given that the Grandland X is aimed more at city-dwelling families.

For those who do want to venture off-road, Vauxhall is offering a Grip Control system as an option, which allows drivers to choose from five different modes depending on the road surface.

Boot space in the Grandland X beats both of its key rivals – so you should be able to carry a couple of suitcases or a set of golf clubs without any trouble.

What equipment can I have on the Vauxhall Grandland X?

Inside, the Grandland X offers drivers the latest version of Vauxhall’s Intellilink infotainment system, as well as the connected Onstar service, which can now search for a parking space or book you a hotel room. There’s also Apple Carplay and Android Auto functionality.

Although final specifications in the UK have yet to be decided, Vauxhall says the Grandland X will come with adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, a self-parking system and automatic emergency braking (AEB).

Other highlights likely to be offered as options include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a tailgate which opens with a kicking motion.

How much will the Vauxhall Grandland X cost?

Vauxhall will want the Grandland X to be competitive against both the Β£18,955 Nissan Qashqai and the Β£18,150 Seat Ateca, so a starting price of around Β£18,500 seems likely – but Vauxhall will look to entice buyers with dealer discounts, attractive PCP deals and financial contributions too.

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