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Vauxhall Grandland SUV gets bold design and raft of extra tech

Vauxhall’s Grandland SUV has been given a major overhaul, equipping it with a bold new design and an array of extra technology.

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Starting deliveries in the autumn, the brand’s flagship SUV is now simply known as Grandland and loses the ‘X’ suffix, already dropped for the Crossland and Mokka.

It also gets styling cues seen on the Mokka, such as the ‘Vizor’ front-end. This integrates the grille, the new Vauxhall Griffin badge and its new IntelliLux LED Pixel light technology.

The latter is carried over from the Insignia and uses 168 LED elements to adapt the light beam according to the driving conditions and surroundings, without dazzling oncoming traffic. The Grandland also debuts Vauxhall’s Night Vision tech system, which detects pedestrians and animals in darkness at a distance of up to 100m and alerts the driver.

It’s not just the exterior that’s been significantly revised; the interior now features Vauxhall’s Pure Panel cockpit already seen in Mokka and also making its way to the new Astra. This merges two wide screens into a single unit – feature a touchscreen of up to 10 inches facing the driver and with essential driving info, plus a 12-inch central infotainment screen. The infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible and provides a range of services through VauxhallConnect. Wireless phone charging is also provided.

Other onboard tech making its debut includes Vauxhall’s semi-adaptive Highway Integration Assist for models with an automatic transmission. It functions as adaptive cruise control, including for stop-and-start traffic, and will also keep the Grandland central in its lane.

Standard driver assistance features include front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, drowsiness detection and cruise control. The Grandland is also available with automatic parking assistant, a 360-degree panoramic camera providing a bird’s eye view for parking, and a blind spot warning system.

Practical features bring keyless open & start and a sensor-controlled tailgate that can be kick-operated, while Vauxhall has also placed a focus on top levels of comfort; the ergonomic active seats for drivers and front passengers have been certified by the AGR –Germany’s ‘Campaign for Healthier Backs’ association – and help support good posture.

Engine line-up has not been revealed but Vauxhall has said it will again include diesel and petrol options while the Grandland will also be available again as a plug-in hybrid.

Full UK pricing and specification details will be announced prior to sales starting later this year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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