There’s eye-catching new styling and a host of tech improvements for the 2021 Vauxhall Grandland SUV.
And the facelift is also good news if you’re one of the many folks out there who struggle with back pain, because there are brand new ‘ergonomic active’ seats designed to support good posture.
Let’s start with the potentially confusing bit first.
But for 2021, the ‘X’ will be an ex X - they’re getting rid of it - with the firm simply calling its largest SUV the Grandland instead.
So far we don’t know precisely what engines will be available, with those details to be released later in the year.
What we do know, however, is that you’ll be able to enjoy traditional petrol and diesel powertrains as well as a plug-in hybrid, which will offer ‘not only strong acceleration but also emissions-free driving’, says Vauxhall.
What we also know is that the Grandland is getting something of a radical style overhaul.
The family load-lugger gets Vauxhall’s distinctive ‘Vizor’ front end with adaptive LED headlights, while there are also tweaks to the bumpers, wheel arches and side panels.
Inside the cabin there are further improvements as part of a ‘detox’ of the interior, which is stripped down to the essentials.
There are two wide screens in a single unit as well as a fully-digital cockpit to replace the analogue gauges - the cockpit measuring up to 10 inches and the infotainment screen as large as 12 inches, depending on which trim level you choose.
And then there’s the new seats, which have been certified by something called ‘Aktion Gesunder Rücken’, which is an independent German organisation that promotes better back health.
A Vauxhall spokesperson explains:
“The award-winning seats are unique in the segment and offer a wide range of adjustments, from electric seat tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. Leather seats come with the option for heated and ventilated seats.”
The New Grandland also supports wireless phone charging via the centre console for added comfort.
Meanwhile the Grandland is bristling with new tech, including the option of 'Night Vision', which is a Vauxhall first and which detects pedestrians and animals in darkness at a distance of up to 100m before alerting the driver to the potential danger.
Another new technology is the semi-adaptive Highway Integration Assist which keeps the New Grandland in the middle of its lane and maintains the distance to the vehicle in front. It also allows for “stop & go” progress in traffic.
Meanwhile every Grandland comes as standard with Front Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Drowsiness Detection and Cruise Control.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said:
“Vauxhall is committed to offering a fully-electrified line-up by 2024 and New Grandland, with the choice of a Plug-in Hybrid version, is yet another step towards that goal.
“We’re confident that New Grandland will appeal to new and existing customers alike with its bold design, benchmark technologies and high-tech interior and we look forward to it arriving in the UK later in the year.”
We’ll bring you further updates as and when they arrive.
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