New Grandland: tech-laden family SUV revealed

Published: 09 June 2021

 2021 New Grandland due in Autumn
 Extensive facelift brings ‘Vizor’ style and Night Vision
 Dramatically different interior

Vauxhall’s new Grandland marks the completion of a family look for the British brand’s crossovers, and leverages technologies seen throughout the Stellantis group as well as previous Vauxhalls to provide an impressive overall package for the large family SUV.

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As one of the first models to be produced in partnership with then-PSA, the Grandland’s makeover isn’t quite as dramatic as the new Mokka, but it’s still extensive and looks set to change the attitude and image of the brand.

2021 Vauxhall Grandland gains bold new Vizor styling

It’s hard to miss the new Vizor-styled front end, but this panel now includes Intellilux adaptive lighting with 84 LED elements per headlight, and the ability to see is further enhanced by a first for Vauxhall – night vision.

At the rear, the Grandland gains in-your-face new badging, and loses the X. Beyond the Vizor, though, the external facelift is limited, mostly restricted to body coloured plastics where rugged unpainted finishes featured before.

2021 Vauxhall Grandland rear badge detail

How extensive is the Grandland’s makeover?

If you’re wondering which engines the new Grandland will feature – you’re probably familiar with them. Equipped with Stellantis powertrains from the start, including the impressive 296bhp Grandland X Hybrid4, there’s little work needed under the hood to improve the big Vauxhall.

2021 Vauxhall Grandland plug-in hybrid charging

Diesel and petrol models continue for those buyers not ready to make the switch to a plug-in hybrid. However, the interior’s need to be familiar to traditional Vauxhall buyers is no longer pressing.

2021 Vauxhall Grandland interior

As a result, the Grandland now features a wide, dual display integrated panel – the ‘pure panel’ – with a 12-inch infotainment display and up to 10-inch interactive dashboard. Controls have been updated too, though many drivers will be happy to see that conventional dials and displays remain for the climate control.

Grandland’s comprehensive driver assistance

Few would consider the Vauxhall Grandland X a drivers’ car, so for the new Grandland, there’s potentially less driving to do. Cruise control and the usual suite of safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, are joined by Highway Integration Assist. This provides a combination of adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and the ability to brake to a standstill and restart.

How extensive this system is remains to be seen, but in combination with the 360-degree panoramic camera and automatic parking assistant the new Grandland should be well-enough equipped to deal with the more tedious aspects of driving in Britain.

In common with recent Vauxhalls, the ergonomic seats have AGR certification, and VauxhallConnect navigation offers predictive guidance,

New Grandland: on sale date and pricing

Vauxhall has yet to release final specifications and pricing, but we do know that UK deliveries will start in autumn – so if you’re considering a Grandland X right now, haggle hard, or check out our gallery to see if the new Grandland is worth waiting for.

2021 Vauxhall Grandland Vizor IntelliLux headlight

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By Richard Kilpatrick

Technology writer and photographer since the early '90s, now car-obsessed, too