Facelifted 2021 Vauxhall Grandland SUV coming soon

Vauxhall’s family SUV will get a refreshed design inspired by the smaller Mokka SUV

  • Tweaked front and rear styling
  • Extra safety features likely
  • ’X’ dropped from name

The facelifted Vauxhall Grandland X SUV has been spotted testing again ahead of its reveal later this year. These new spy shots all but confirm it’ll get a redesigned front and rear end, alongside updated tech and safety features.

Vauxhall is likely to drop the ‘X’ from new Grandland SUV, and we’re expecting it to be available to order in the last quarter of 2021. Prices shouldn’t change too much from the current model, which starts from just under £25,000 and rises to over £44,000 for the top-spec plug-in hybrid. The Grandland is Vauxhall’s biggest SUV, rivalling the Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca, Kia Sportage and the Ford Kuga.

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In these latest images, it's clear the new Grandland will get a redesigned nose, with tweaks to the headlights, front grille and bumper. Previously, a prototype mule was spotted parked next to the latest Vauxhall Mokka, and it’s clear there will be similarities between the two. We’d expect the facelifted Grandland to get Vauxhall’s new ‘Vizor’ front end with a gloss black grille panel hiding its front-facing sensors. This design was recently applied to the smaller Vauxhall Crossland, making it far more attractive, so we’re expecting the Grandland will sport a similar look.

The prototype's sides also sport camouflage, likely hiding minor styling changes to the black-plastic bodywork cladding and side sills. Other changes are expected to include a restyled rear bumper, and a new range of alloy wheel designs and paint colours.

Inside, the changes inside are expected to be minor. There may be an update to the infotainment system and it’s likely you’ll be able to order some new trims and features. Pedestrian detection will be available, as it is in the updated Crossland.

The engine range will be carried over from the current model with few alterations. You’ll be able to choose between two petrol engines, a sole diesel option and two plug-in hybrid options - one with front-wheel-drive and 222bhp, and a 296bhp four-wheel drive version.

What does it mean for car buyers?

The Vauxhall Grandland isn’t destined to set the world alight with excitement, and you’ll find other SUVs may be more practical or better to drive. But the current Grandland, shown here, is a decent all-rounder - it’s comfortable, reasonably cheap to run, easy-to-drive and has a more intuitive interior than the Peugeot 3008, which it shares many parts with. Vauxhall regularly has tempting finance offers, so the Grandland tends to work out cheaper than many of its rivals. Coupled with the brand’s extensive dealer network, it's a good option if you want a family-sized SUV.

Read our guide to the best family SUVs on sale now.

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