7.12.2018Vauxhall to electrify Corsa, Grandland X, and Mokka X ranges
Vauxhall will accelerate its electrification plans in 2019, with the launch of a new pure-electric Corsa and Grandland X PHEV available to order in the first half of next year.
The move coincides with the European version of Vauxhall - Opel’s - 120th anniversary. The new plug-in models will make use of platform and component sharing within the PSA Group, which also includes Peugeot, Citroen, and DS Automobiles.
Following the supermini and SUV in 2019 will be a pure-electric Vivaro van, due in 2020, as will a pure-EV version of the Mokka X crossover.
No details of the EV powertrain have been announced, though the Grandland X will use a plug-in hybrid system producing 300hp. This makes it extremely likely that it will use a petrol unit combined with two electric motors - one on each axle - a system already confirmed for the similarly sized Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, which has the same power output.
Michael Lohscheller, Opel CEO, said: “Opel is going electric! We made this announcement at the presentation of our PACE! strategic plan and now we are delivering.
“The new Corsa will make electro-mobility affordable for many customers, it will be a real electric car for the people. We are putting maximum effort into the electrification of our portfolio”