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Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4

When will it go on sale? I don’t know.

How much will it cost? I don’t know.

Why is it featuring here? Ah, well that I do know.

It’s because it’s the perfect car to be pictured in such fantastic surroundings.

In fact, you could confidently say it looks like grand land behind it.

Oh okay, maybe that’s a bit laboured. In fact the reason I’m writing about it is because the Grandland X Hybrid4 is Vauxhall’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, and not before time.

It comes ahead of a fully electric Corsa, which arrives later this year, and will be followed by the Mokka X, Vivaro Life and Vivaro van.

Vauxhall promise that their entire vehicle production will be fully electric by 2024 and the Grandland kicks that off by combining a 200hp, 1.6-litre direct injection turbo, four-cylinder, petrol engine with two electric motors (combined output 109hp), four wheel drive and a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery.

Total power output is a colossal 300hp, but like the price and the on sale date, nothing has been said yet about performance figures.

Vauxhall, now owned by French giants PSA (Peugeot Société Anonyme) who also own Citroën, have already carried out preliminary testing which shows that the Grandland X Hybrid4 will have a combined fuel consumption figure of 128mpg and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km.

Its front electric motor is coupled to an electrified eight-speed auto box, while the second motor and differential are integrated into the electrically-powered rear axle, providing all-wheel traction on demand.

Four driving modes are electric, hybrid, AWD and sport. In pure electric mode, the car has a range of 30 miles and automatically selects the most efficient, so when travelling at low speeds, such as in cities, it switches to electric mode.

The car comes with a 3.3kW on-board charger, with an optional 6.6kW version also available. Vauxhall will also offer devices for fast charging at public stations, as well as wall boxes at home. With a 7.4kW wall box, owners can fully charge the battery in less than two hours. On the road its standard sat nav will guide drivers to the nearest charging station.

So what’s it going to cost? The Grandland X range is from around £23k to £31k, so I’d guess at £33k.