Opel unveils Grainland GSe 2023 with 300 horsepower and all-wheel drive
On the heels of the unveiling of the Astra GSe last month, Opel is doubling down on its major electric sports offering with the Grandland GSe. And to be precise, this isn't a new model per se as we're looking at the Hybrid4 release with a new nameThe first hybrid from Opel
The plug-in hybrid crossover was Opel's first production vehicle to combine a combustion engine and an electric motor when it was launched in May 2019 before undergoing a facelift that followed in June 2021. From now on, it will be marketed as the Grandland GSe along with the Astra GSe hatchback and wagonThe compact crossover combines a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a pair of electric motors to deliver a total output of 296 horsepower. That's enough wattage to send the all-wheel-drive model to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 235 km/h. When driving in electric mode, the top speed is electronically controlled to a speed of 135 km/h
The Grandland GSe got retuned suspension and steering and calibrated to increase handling and deliver a more dynamic ride. The Grandland GSe features McPherson struts at the front and multi-link rear with stiffer springs and dampers that take advantage of KONE's frequency-selective damping technology. The sports car is equipped with 19-inch wheels in a design derived from alloys equipped with the Rad Manta GSe concept.
To distinguish it from the regular Grandland versions, the hood can optionally be painted black to match the roof and side mirror caps. The GSe model also gets a custom rear diffuser and special decals on the tailgate. Inside, the seats are wrapped in Alcantara and provide more lateral support.
Finally, parent company Stylantis has pledged to phase out all combustion-engined Opel models in Europe by 2028. Only two years later, all brands of the European conglomerate Stylantis will have only EV kits.