A few weeks ago, Vauxhall released the first images of the new Frontera; today the spacious, comfortable, new compact SUV for outdoor fans and families is celebrating its world premiere.

The brand has also revealed that the all-new SUV will not only have room for five people; but is spacious enough to be available as a seven-seater in the near future. With numerous practical features on board, it will be available as the fully electric, locally emissions-free Frontera Electric or with 48V technology in the Frontera Hybrid.

James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “The New Frontera is our new family-size SUV, offering customers innovative and practical electric mobility at an affordable price. Highly flexible with up to seven seats, spacious, and with a choice of hybrid and electric powertrains, we’re confident that Frontera will appeal to new and existing audiences as well as sit very well in our revised SUV line-up in between Mokka and the forthcoming All-New Grandland.”

Robust appearance and many practical features as standard

The striking design of the new Vauxhall Frontera makes it stand out immediately, thanks to a rugged interpretation of Vauxhall’s bold and pure design philosophy. Every variant of the Frontera proudly bears the Griffin emblem in the centre of the Vauxhall Vizor, which seamlessly integrates with the LED headlamps. Prominent wheel arches and sills as well as the eye-catching C-pillar underline the robust character. Measuring 4,380mm in length, the Frontera sits between the Mokka (4,151mm) and All-New Grandland (4,650mm) in Vauxhall’s refreshed SUV line-up.

The modern looks with a focus on the essentials continue seamlessly in the interior. The Pure Panel cockpit features a newly designed steering wheel and two 10-inch widescreens, as well as physical buttons for key functions, offering a clean, detoxed user experience.

The Frontera also offers many practical features as standard, including wireless smartphone connectivity. There are two USB ports available in the front and a further two USB ports available in the second row; a wireless charger will also be offered. Rear passengers can make use of practical smartphone pockets in the front seat backrests, while larger devices that would normally not fit into the cabin properly, such as tablets, can be safely stored in the centre console thanks to a flexible strap that holds them in place.

Suitability for long journeys is a top priority for the new Frontera.  At the front, the driver and front passenger can sit on the new patented Intelli-Seats with a slot in the middle that relieves pressure on the tailbone. The seat fabrics are also available in a fully sustainable recycled material. More than 450 litres of luggage can be stored in the boot; with the seats folded down this extends to 1,600 litres. Additional versatility is provided by the 60:40 split rear seats and split boot floor.

For those who want to spend the night outdoors, the new Frontera can be ordered with optional roof rails and a roof tent with ladder specially designed for the SUV. After arriving at its destination, the Frontera can shoulder up to 240 kilogrammes on its roof.

Focus on the essentials: Two powertrain concepts, three trims, easy to order

Intuitive, attainable and focused on the essentials: Vauxhall meets these requirements in every respect with the new Frontera, with a simple choice of powertrains and trim levels.

The new Frontera is available either as a hybrid with 48-volt technology or fully electric. The Frontera Hybrid has a 100hp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine developed specifically for hybrid use. This operates in combination with a 21kW (28hp) electric motor and an electrified six-speed dual clutch transmission, so that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are significantly lower compared to a conventionally powered model. In addition, the Frontera Hybrid will also be available with a 136hp 1.2 turbo engine.

Customers who want to travel locally emissions-free can order the fully electric Frontera Electric, which is based on the new ‘Smart Car’ BEV-native platform – a development from the current e-CMP platform – and features a 113hp electric motor. It will offer a range of more than 186 miles (c.300km) (WLTP provisional) with 100kW charging capability as standard, while the “long range” version will be able to travel up to around 248 miles (c.400km) (WLTP provisional) without stopping to charge.

Set to be extensively equipped, even from entry level, the trim line-up will mirror the current simple Vauxhall range with Design, GS and Ultimate versions.  Full UK pricing and specification will be announced at a later date.

With the arrival of Frontera Electric and the All-New Grandland Electric, Vauxhall will offer a fully electric version of every car and van model by the end of this year.