Made in Eisenach: First front-wheel drive Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid drives off production line
Rüsselsheim/Eisenach. Opel is taking the next important step in its ongoing electrification offensive. Today, regular production of the front-wheel drive Grandland X Hybrid (fuel consumption 1.5-1.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of 34-31g/km in the WLTP1 cycle; 1.7-1.5 l/100km, 37-35g/km CO2 NEDC2 both combined and weighed) started in Eisenach. Around four months after the first Grandland X Hybrid4 (fuel consumption 1.4-1.3 l/100km and CO2 emissions of 32-29g/km in the WLTP1 cycle; 1.6-1.5 l/100km, 36-34g/km CO2 NEDC2 both combined and weighed) with all-wheel drive rolled of the production line, the first front-wheel drive version of the highly successful SUV followed. The latest Opel plug-in hybrid impressive with an attractive entry-level price of €42.345 Euro (RRP in German including VAT – but thanks to the environmental bonus the customer only needs to pay €35,235. With this, the Grandland X Hybrid will add further momentum to Opel’s electrification offensive. The first hybrid from Eisenach with front-wheel drive was topaz blue with a black roof.
“Today is not only another great day for our plant in Eisenach – today also marks the next step in our electrification process. The Grandland X Hybrid will appeal to customers who want the advantages offered by an electrified SUV but do not necessarily require four-wheel drive. Given the current incentives for electrified models in many European countries, we strongly believe that the Grandland X Hybrid will prove extremely popular and play a significant role in the reduction of CO2 emissions,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.
The Opel Grandland X Hybrid and Hybrid4 are built on the same production line as their siblings with conventional internal combustion engines. This increases efficiency while simultaneously reducing complexity. This enables the plant to react better to customer demand.
With a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor providing drive to the front wheels, the Grandland X Hybrid produces system power and torque of 165kW (224hp) and up to 360Nm of torque respectively. Driven purely by electricity, the hybrid can cover up to 57km in the WLTP cycle1 (60-65km NEDC2).
High safety comes as standard, thanks to driver assistance systems such as forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and emergency braking, lane keep assist and driver drowsiness detection. With the Navi 5.0 IntelliLink infotainment system and large colour touchscreen, driver and passengers are well connected. In order to further improve efficiency, the Grandland X Hybrid features a sophisticated regenerative braking system to recover the energy produced under braking or deceleration.
Attractive price + increased incentives = hybrid accessibility from €35,235
In Germany, the highly equipped Opel Grandland X Hybrid Business Edition is available for €42,345. Furthermore, the Grandland X hybrid variants benefit from the innovation bonus including in the stimulus package of the German federal government. For a limited period until December 31, 2021, the environmental bonus for plug-in hybrids with a net price below €40,000 has been increased to €7,110 (including the VAT effect). For the Grandland X Hybrid this would mean that the manufacturer's subsidy of €2,250 is firstly deducted from the net price (€36,504), leaving €34,254. Next, VAT is added, giving a price of €39,735. Following deduction of the €4,500 state subsidy after invoicing, the total “environmental bonus” then reduces the purchase cost of the Grandland X Hybrid Business Edition from €42,345 to €35,235. The customer thus saves €7,110 when buying a new car.
 The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures mentioned comply with the WLTP homologation (regulation EU 2017/948). From 1 September 2018, new vehicles are type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which is a new, more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The WLTP fully replaces the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which was the test procedure used previously. Due to more realistic test conditions, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions measured under the WLTP are in many cases higher compared to those measured under the NEDC. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures may vary depending on specific equipment, options and format of tires.
 The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures mentioned are determined according to the new World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure WLTP (Regulation EU 2017/948), and the relevant values are translated back into NEDC to allow the comparability with other vehicles. Please contact your dealer for the latest information. The values do not take into account in particular use and driving conditions, equipment or opti