Opel made one of its first major announcements under its PSA ownership: the Grandland X will be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid.
It’s not too much of a shock since the Peugeot 3008, the Grandland X’s corporate cousin, will also feature a plug-in hybrid variant in the near future as well. The announcement also comes after PSA Groupe announced its support for Opel to transition to an electrified brand, as much of the industry has announced.
“Our 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,” Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller, said. “We will follow this path closely.”
Opel began its electrification efforts under General Motors with its own version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Opel Ampera-e. Opel reportedly had major plans in development to lead GM’s electrification charge under former CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann. However, GM’s decision to sell Opel to PSA Groupe likely scrapped initial framework.