Opel introduced its very first plug-in hybrid model a few days ago. The vehicle which was previewed as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show has finally reached production facilities in form of the 2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4. This attractive-looking small crossover will hit dealerships early next year, though so far, we have no clue how much the first “green” Opel nameplate could cost. However, since the regular Grandland X starts at $27,250, the PHEV version will have to go north – most probably up to $30K.
The German brand hasn’t developed its own plug-in hybrid powertrain. Instead, the company borrowed an existing system from the parent PSA group. The setup combines a 1.6-liter turbo inline-4 unit that powers front wheels together with one electric motor, while the second, rear-mounted electric motor spins the rear axle. The powertrain delivers 300 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in total, and the power travels to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Still, in normal mode, the crossover uses the front-wheel drive as standard. According to the automaker, the SUV operates in EV mode with 218 horsepower wherever it’s possible. Though, electric drive range is limited to 31 miles (50 kilometers) thanks to a 13.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery charging time around 4h using 3.3 kW on-board charger or around 2h using 6.6 kW optional system.
In addition to the identical powertrain, the 2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 shares the same platform with the DS 7 Crossback, so essentially the drive is practically identical; meaning you will be choosing between badges only. If you ask us, Opel’s PHEV is definitely our favorite thanks to the gorgeous design.