Vauxhall has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version of the Grand country X will come in the year 2020 by the electrified variant, placed in the centre of the ambitious growth plans of its parent company, the PSA group.
The brand launches an electrified version of each model in its range by 2024, starting with an all-electric Corsa in the year 2019. The Grand country X PHEV is to be said, Vauxhall’s best-selling electric model when it arrives, that is, the success will prove the Central role in the adjustment of the company’s line-up, the developing new car market.
The Grand country X is already in Vauxhall’s second best-selling model after the Corsa, although its current engine range consists of only two Turbo-units: a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.2-Liter gasoline engine. Autocar understands that the Grand country X plug-in powertrain is based on a gasoline engine instead of diesel; this comes as little surprise given the rapid decline in the demand for diesel cars in Europe.
Vauxhall remains tight-lipped as to the gasoline to be used. While the Grand country X is a turbocharged 1.2 three-cylinder engine, it is possible that a larger unit will be used for the PHEV model. A candidate could be the improved 1.4-litre four-pot offered with the Astra, and produces up to 148bhp on his own.
The brand’s electrification plans are supported by extensive investments in the production sites of continental his siblings, Opel. PSA has already begun, a five-year term, to extend facilities for research and development at Opel in Eisenach, RUESSELSHEIM and Kaiserslautern sites in Germany.
This investment will also see the Grand country X production expanded in Eisenach as of mid-2019, when two layers are operated to the requirements of the projected demand. This plant is also a version with the production of the PHEV. Currently, the Grand country X is produced in Sochaux, France and Walvis Bay in Namibia.
The PSA investment in the Vauxhall/Opel for the entire SUV production, with the segment is a top priority, because it is a unique opportunity for growth. PSA already has a strong presence in the SUV segment with cars from the brands of 16.9% market share in Europe so far this year.
To remove this growth and investment, together with the arrival of the Grand country X PHEV that is displayed, the workplace safety concerns at the German locations. Opel chief Michael Lohscheller said: “We ensure a long-term use of our German locations and thus also for the protection of the employment — and this well into the next decade — with attractive models and high quality components.”
The future of the Vauxhall Luton plant has been saved recently, when PSA announced that it would continue to vans, the Vauxhall Vivaro Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert produce — for more than a decade. The future of the Ellesmere Port facility, where the Astra is confirmed in the year 2020.
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