Opel Grandland 2025 hides its face in winter testing
The compact crossover will use the same Stellantis STLA Medium platform as its Peugeot 3008 cousin and could come in hybrid and fully electric forms.
18 January 2024 at 08:31
The compact crossover market in Europe is getting a big boost this year with the arrival of some new electrified metals. Ford has already previewed its Explorer and Peugeot has pulled the covers off its e-3008, both of which will start filtering into showrooms during 2024. It will arrive shortly after Peugeot, the Opel e-3008’s cousin (Vauxhall for UK buyers). Grandland.
The Grandland rides on the same Stellantis STLA Medium platform as the Pug, and will get the same electric powertrain as well. So, while Opel hasn’t revealed the specifications yet, we already know that the e-3008 starts with a single engine, the front-wheel-drive model with 207 PS (210 PS) and can cover 326 miles (525 km) at full power. Its battery is charged at 73 kWh.
The Long Range version uses a 98-kilowatt-hour package to boost power to 227 PS (230 PS) and extend driving range to 435 miles (700 km), while the flagship dual-motor model sends 316 PS (320 PS) to all four wheels and matches the base car’s range of 326 miles.
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Opel says it will go fully electric by 2028, but we suspect the Grandland will also be offered with combustion power, at least initially. The STLA platform can handle both hybrid and electric powertrains, and Peugeot has confirmed that the simple 3008 that will be sold alongside the e-3008 will come with the company’s new 1.2-litre mild-hybrid engine, so expect Opel to offer it too, unless it wants to… Miss tens of thousands of sales. The little trio sends 134 PS (136 PS) to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, while a PHEV is very likely to be on the list, perhaps wearing a sporty Opel GSe badge.
The test team has outfitted this prototype with a new set of wheels, but unfortunately none of the layers of disguise have been stripped off since our spy photographers last snapped a photo of the Grandland in November. This makes it difficult to get a clear idea of what the final car will look like, although we can be sure that it will feature the same sculpted design language and ‘vizor’ face that was introduced on the Astra two years ago.