The Opel Grandland X compact SUV is adding a new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. Opel says it is more powerful and more economical than the engine it replaces.
The carmaker says the new powertrain is designed to meet strict future emissions requirements thanks to an innovative oxidation catalyst/NOx adsorber coupled with selective catalytic reduction (SCR ).
It will be complemented by a six-speed manual transmission and the combination promises fuel consumption of combined 4.2-4.1 l/100km, and 110-108g/km CO2. Maximum torque is 300Nm at 1750rpm. The new engine is equipped with fuel-saving start/stop.
In comparison to its predecessor, the 88kW/120hp 1.6-litre diesel with six-speed manual transmission (claimed NEDC diesel consumption - combined 4.3-4.0 l/100km, 111-104g/km CO2 ), the new 130hp 1.5-litre engine in the Grandland X delivers fuel economy improved by up to four per cent.
Opel claims this has been achieved through the reduction in displacement and friction, the optimised combustion system with patented piston geometry and the increased exhaust gas recirculation (enabled by a high-efficiency heat exchanger ).
Christian Müller, managing director engineering Opel Automobile GmbH, says the high-tech design of the new 1.5-litre diesel in the Opel Grandland X enables customers to combine the "fun of a compact sports utility vehicle with the powerful performance, strong climate friendliness and high environmental compatibility of an advanced diesel engine".
The future-oriented design of the new diesel reduces weight and offers significant potential for the future, with the compact dimensions allowing integration in cars of various sizes and in the most compact engine compartments. This give designers more freedom in terms of styling.
The new engine is also available with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission that not only offers seamless shifting, but thanks to its low friction design also further reduces fuel consumption and emissions (claimed fuel consumption combined 4.2-4.1 l/100km, 109-108g/km CO2 ).
By 2020, Opel will also offer the Grandland X as the brand’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV ).
The Grandland X starts at €27,995 for the petrol variant and €28,995 for the diesel variant.