Hindsight suggests Vauxhall wasn’t far wide of the mark with Ampera in 2012, but its full potential was arguably stifled by two key details. Range, charging times and pricing are still competitive against modern PHEVs, but it launched during ‘peak diesel’ and – if the Outlander is anything to go by – it would perhaps have sold better as an SUV. These are hurdles its nearest successor doesn’t have to overcome.
Plug-in versions of the Grandland X are a no-brainer. It filled a long-standing Qashqai-shaped gap in Vauxhall’s range and, predictably, it’s quickly become one of its bestselling products. But it also shares a platform with similarly sized products from sister brands Peugeot, Citroen and DS. In turn, this gave access to two plug-in hybrid powertrains, just in time to capitalise on rising demand and refreshed incentives in the UK.
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