A Grandland X has been spotted testing in the Arctic Circle, showing the upcoming Nissan X-Trail rival’s exterior design more clearly than ever.

Despite heavy camouflaging, the car’s longer bonnet and boxier rear set it apart from the smaller Crossland X model it will sit above.

The model wears a familiar Vauxhall grille that’ll likely feature a single horizontal bar like its smaller sibling. At the back, its rear window sits at an angle to give the car tauter proportions.

Like the Crossland X, the Grandland X is twinned with a Peugeot model. The larger Vauxhall will share both underpinnings and some engines with the French brand’s 3008. The latter car comes with a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol, or turbocharged diesel engines of 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacities.

The Peugeot is only produced in front-wheel drive, but the Grandland X’s more rugged image means two and four-wheel drive versions are likely to be offered. It’s expected to come with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Vauxhall is also likely to be offered with three rows of seats to provide space for seven passengers, like one of its other main rivals, the Skoda Kodiaq.

Pricing will likely reflect that of its rivals, so a starting figure of around £22,000 is expected. The car looks on course to debut at the Frankfurt motor show this September, with order books opening shortly after.



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