After the Astra and Astra Sports Tourer, the third Opel model to receive a sporty GSe version was the Grandland. This compact SUV, closely related to the Peugeot 3008, already had two plug-in hybrid variants of 225 hp (front-wheel drive) and 300 hp (all-wheel drive). The new GSe is based on the power plant of the latter.
Therefore, we do not find anything new from a mechanical point of view, although the chassis receives some changes to differentiate itself from the rest of the range. “The new Opel Grandland GSe is exceptionally dynamic, capable, and stylish. We are sure it will appeal to customers who are not only looking for an electrified SUV, but also sporty driving,” explains Opel CEO Florian Huettl.
Our protagonist uses a 1.6 tetracylindrical gasoline engine with a turbo, which is associated with two electric units (one on each axis). It maintains a maximum power of 300 hp (221 kW). It can complete 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of 235 km/h (135 km/h in electric mode).
The approved consumption under the European WLTP cycle is just 1.3 liters per 100 km. Most likely, it will continue to use the standard model’s 13.2 kWh capacity battery, so its range in electric mode should be around 59 km WLTP. As for the load, it will surely reach a maximum of 7.4 kW in alternating current.
The Opel Grandland GSe has a firmer chassis
Compared to the conventional 300 hp Grandland, the GSe adds a specific tuning for the steering, as well as firmer shock absorbers and springs with KONI FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology, which allows different configurations. With these changes, the SUV should offer greater dynamism and precision in sporty driving.
Aesthetically, the Grandland GSe is differentiated by its 19-inch alloy wheels inspired by those of the Manta GSe prototype, a specific rear diffuser, and the version’s initials logo on the tailgate. In addition, you can optionally equip a black hood, which will give it an even more striking touch. In the cabin, we will find some front seats with AGR certification.
“I am very pleased to announce the return of GSe as our high-end sports sub-brand in the immediate future. Once again, we’ve taken inspiration from our rich heritage, as we did with our critically acclaimed bold new design [language], and given it a modern twist. “