The Frankfurt Motor Show isn't until September, but expectations are already rising for Vauxhall's all-new Grandland X SUV, the third member of its ‘X’ family and the largest SUV that Vauxhall will offer.
With more cabin space than existing Mokka X and Crossland X models, a sporty design and off-road looks, elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies, there's no surprise in the excitement.
The Grandland X will be chock full of ultra-modern assistance and comfort features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection, Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, and Advanced Park Assist, along with ergonomic front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a smart kick-opening tailgate, all combining to ensure driver and passenger comfort.
Along with the comfort and safety, the Grandland X offers outstanding connectivity - something that is now found right across the entire Vauxhall range, primarily via the latest generation of IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall's personal connectivity and service assistant OnStar. Smartphones can easily be integrated to the infotainment system and charged wirelessly.
At 4,477mm long, 1,844mm wide and 1,636mm high, the new Vauxhall Grandland X SUV is certainly robust, with chrome winglets bearing Vauxhall's brand logo, and leading the eye's way to the slim, double-wing Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps, giving the Grandland X a powerful, solid stance. Functions such as cornering light, high beam assist and auto levelling guarantee optimal illumination of the road ahead.
The Vauxhall crease on the bonnet defines Vauxhall's "design philosophy of sculptural artistry and technical precision", while muscular, sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body gives the Grandland X real off-road appeal. The optional two-tone finish, with the roof in contrasting black, adds an extra touch of personalisation.
The Grandland X will offer an exceptional driving experience in a safe and sound environment on every surface, using the optional electronic Grip Control, the choice of five driving modes, and the automatic transmission. Traction and stable handling comes as standard.
On the inside, both drivers and passengers can take advantage of the elevated seating position beloved of SUV owners in complete comfort, the extra space allowing 5 people to relax on the journey. And luggage gets plenty of available room too with a load volume from 514 litres to a maximum of 1,652 litres.
The instrument panel and centre console with touchscreen of the Grandland X are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver, the three horizontal rows of the centre stack boasting controls for fast and intuitive access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions.