Opel has announced the arrival of a new, more powerful, “top-of-the-line” derivative for its Grandland X range.

The revised turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol engine in the new Grandland X range has received a 12 kW/10 N.m shot in the arm, bringing the peak outputs up to 133 kW and 250 N.m of torque. This unit is no longer coupled with a six-speed 'box, instead featuring an updated eight-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the front wheels. This transmission debuted on the 1,5-litre turbodiesel variant revealed in April.

According to the Rüsselsheim-based brand, the new PureTech power unit will be able to launch this mid-sized family SUV from 0-100 km/h in an estimated 8,0 seconds and on to a top speed of 222 km/h.

Opel also claims that this newly developed all-aluminium engine is capable of returning a combined fuel consumption of 5,8 L/100 km; that’s more economical than the current range’s estimated consumption of 7,0 L/100 km. Opel credits a “state-of-the-art exhaust after-treatment system that includes a gasoline particulate filter” and variable valve lift for this marked improvement.

Distinguishing it from its peers, this range-topping derivative can be specified in “Ultimate’” trim, which includes features such as 19-inch two-tone alloys and silver roof rails. Inside, this Grandland X is equipped with “premium ergonomic seats”, leather trim and a Denon sound system, which according to Opel promises a “feel-good factor”.

Opel has yet to confirm if this variant will arrive in South Africa, however the current top-of-the range 1,6T Cosmo AT derivative is available at R565 000.

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