Bold new Vauxhall Grandland SUV arrives with technology overhaul
Flagship Vauxhall Grandland SUV receives new ‘Vizor’ styling and upgraded tech
- Grandland gets updated ‘Vizor’ styling update
- Updated interior and safety technology
- PHEV powertrain will be offered along with petrol and diesel engines
The Vauxhall Grandland SUV has been facelifted for 2021 with a thorough redesign and upgraded technology.
Vauxhall has dropped the ‘X’ from the name of its largest SUV and given the car its ‘Vizor’ face, which also features on the latest Mokka and Crossland SUVs, as well as the forthcoming new Astra.
Full specifications and pricing are yet to be confirmed but we expect the new Grandland to start at around £26,000 when it launches in the autumn. Vauxhall will hope the updates keep the Grandland competitive against an array of recently updated rivals, including the Peugeot 3008 and Ford Kuga, as well as the all-new Nissan Qashqai.
2021 Vauxhall Grandland SUV: styling
The front of the new Grandland has adopted Vauxhall’s latest ‘Vizor’ styling, with a one-piece front grille merging into a new upswept headlight design. Vauxhall’s adaptive Intellilux LED headlights feature, which automatically adapt to the road conditions to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
A new front bumper design also features, with sharper looking side air intakes and U-shaped black trim pieces. A silver trim insert is also fitted to the lower section of the nose. The side profile remains virtually unchanged, aside from colour coded wheel-arch cladding and side skirts.
At the back, the changes are limited to new badging spelling out the ‘Grandland’ name and an updated Vauxhall logo. Like the old car, a varied range of paint finishes will be available, including a two-tone finish with a black roof panel.
Interior and technology
Inside, the facelifted Grandland has received a significant technology update, including the addition of Vauxhall’s Pure Panel infotainment system. The brand claims this new setup is clearer and easier to read, which helps reduce driver distraction.
The Pure Panel setup was first seen in the latest Mokka, and comprises a seven or 10-inch touchscreen and a 10 or 12-inch digital dial cluster housed together to form a single ultrawide dashboard display. Integrated sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all feature, along with a wireless smartphone charging pad.
A new ergonomic seat design has also been added, which promises the “highest standard” of comfort. Convenience features include keyless entry and start and a powered tailgate with ‘kick-to-open’ gesture detection, meaning the rear hatch can be opened by activating a sensor located under the rear bumper without using the key fob.
Engines and performance
Vauxhall has not revealed the full engine range for the updated Grandland but we’d expect the majority of the current petrol and diesel engines to be carried over. A turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol will be the base engine, with a punchier 1.6-litre engine available in higher trim models.
A diesel engine will also be offered for higher mileage drivers, with the current 1.5-litre engine likely to be carried over from the old car. Buyers will get the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic across the regular engine lineup.
A plug-in hybrid will also be offered. It’s likely that the PHEV powertrain will be carried over straight from the current model, consisting of a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 13.2kWh battery. Two versions will be available, with a 222bhp front-wheel drive version and a 296bhp four-wheel-drive flagship model.
Every Grandland also benefits from a long list of standard safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, collision warning and a drowsiness detection monitor.
Highway Integration Assist is also available on automatic models, adding functionality similar to adaptive cruise control that can accelerate, brake and keep the car in lane on a motorway with driver supervision. A 360-degree camera, automatic park assist and blind spot warning are also available on the options list.
For the first time on a Vauxhall, the new Grandland can be specced with Night Vision, which can detect pedestrians and animals at up to 100 metres away at night.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The new Vauxhall Grandland isn’t destined to set the world alight, and it’s very likely you’ll be able to find other SUVs that are more practical and better to drive. With the new car, however, Vauxhall has attempted to make it a more stylish proposition, and one that has all the latest technology and safety features. Often the key selling point for Vauxhall is the finance deals and discounts it offers on its cars, making them more affordable than much of the competition. This is one way in which the Grandland could end up tempting some buyers away from its numerous rivals.
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