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Opel will introduce first plug-in hybrid with Grandland X

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

The Grandland X is the second crossover jointly developed by Opel and PSA Group.

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Automotive News Europe
September 12, 2017 14:36 CET

FRANKFURT — The new Grandland X compact crossover will be Opel’s first vehicle to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, CEO Michael Lohscheller said at the Frankfurt auto show.

The Grandland X is the second crossover jointly developed by Opel and PSA Group as part of a technology collaboration agreement signed with General Motors in 2012, following the smaller Crossland X.

The Tiguan rival shares PSA’s EMP2 platform with the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and DS 7 Crossback models.

PSA has already announced that those models will get the plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2019.

The Grandland X will go on sale this month in Europe, and will be built in PSA’s plant in Sochaux, France.

“The new Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group,” Lohscheller said in a statement. “We will follow that path closely.”

Lohscheller, who succeeded Karl-Heinz Neumann as CEO in June, just before Opel’s sale to PSA became final, started the press conference with a sly nod to the French automaker. “Bonjour mesdames et messieurs,” he said, before quickly switching to German, noting that Opel was still a German company.

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