Vauxhall Grandland X Traction

Vauxhall is now grand over land


09 March 2018

VAUXHALL has introduced a new traction control system for its new Grandland X SUV range, regrettably just a tad too late to tackle the beast from the east.

Nonetheless, there will be plenty of situations where extra grip makes the difference between getting home or becoming stranded.

It works on grass, snow, sand and a host of similarly slippery surfaces over which vehicles of this type are expected to traverse occasionally.

The idea is that as the overwhelming majority of SUVs never venture off road, their four wheel drive paraphernalia is utterly unnecessary.

The provision of grip to whichever are the driven wheels – front or back – should be adequate for for most needs.

In the case of the Grandland X the introduction of the so-called IntelliGrip system endows the front driven wheels with significantly more bite.

As the name implies, it is an intelligent system designed to create extra grip. It does this by detecting any semblance of slippage between the wheels, and balancing grip accordingly.

The driver uses a centre dial to warn the system of the type of terrain to be tackled.

The IntelliGrip system then adapts the engine and transmission control, torque distribution and ESP settings to ensure optimal contact to the driving surface.

It allows slip when necessary and changes the accelerator pedal control map to create the right balance between spinning and gripping wheels. The advantage is that the system is lighter than a conventional all-wheel drive system, which helps reduce fuel consumption.

There are five modes available to the driver to select from:

Normal mode is activated as soon as the vehicle is started. The electronic stability program and traction control are calibrated for normal road driving conditions.

Snow mode generates the best traction on icy and snowy surfaces, with the traction control regulating the slip of the front wheels, slowing the spinning wheel down and transferring the torque to the other front wheel.

Mud mode allows more slip on muddy surfaces, enabling the wheel with the least traction to spin when the vehicle is setting off to ensure that mud is removed and the tyres can re-establish traction. Meanwhile, the wheel with the highest grip is provided with the highest torque.

Sand mode allows a small amount of simultaneous wheel spin on the two driven wheels, enabling the Grandland X to move without the risk of sinking.

The system is offered with all engines except the 180bhp two-litre diesel in Ultimate trim.

It also comes with five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and 225/55 R18 all-season tyres.

The Grandland X range is based on the Peugeot 3008 vehicle, with prices ultimately rising to about £34,000

That is for the 1.6-litre 120bhp diesel version with Elite Nav trim and equipment.

The entry-level Tech Line version costs from about £22,500 with a 1.2-litre 130bhp petrol engine. The entry level oil-burner is the 1.6-litre 120bhp Turbo D BlueInjection model priced from about £26,360.

The SE versions include Vauxhall OnStar automatic crash response/Wi-Fi hotspot/smartphone app/stolen vehicle assistance and vehicle diagnostics.

They also have an infotainment system that includes R4.0 IntelliLink system with smartphone projection, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,

Plus a seven-inch colour touchscreen, AM/FM/digital radio, Bluetooth audio streaming/mobile phone portal and USB connection with iPod control.

Interior features include dual-zone electronic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, leather-covered steering wheel with audio controls, and a steering column adjustable for reach and rake plus a 230-volt power outlet behind the front seats.

Externally there are silver-effect 17-inch alloy wheels, auto lighting and windscreen wipers plus front fog lights.

Elite Nav versions cost from about £28,660 and include Vauxhall’s Navi 5.0 IntelliLink system with fully integrated European sat nav, an eight-inch colour touchscreen and voice control.

Internally there are leather seat facings, a powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, plus ambient lighting.

There are also nine-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a premium LED adaptive forward lighting pack with projector headlights, a powered tailgate, dark-tinted rear windows, chrome-effect side window trim, a driver drowsiness system, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane assist plus keyless entry and start.

First deliveries have just arrived here but although the newcomer bears the British-only Vauxhall badge, it is actually built in France.

In fact, it is built on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008, being the first Vauxhall to emerge since the company’s take-over by the French firm.