Vauxhall talks up new SUV’s safety credentials

31st July 2017

Vauxhall talks up new SUV’s safety credentials

Vauxhall claims its new Grandland X SUV will set a new standard for vehicle safety systems when it arrives in showrooms in early 2018.

The small SUV, which is due to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 14th, will include a driver drowsiness alert, as well as Vauxhall’s other modern assistance features, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, advanced park assist and automatic cruise control.

Vauxhall says the arrival of the new driver drowsiness alert feature adds premium levels of safety to the SUV segment.

It works by triggering an audio and visual warning if the vehicle veers unexpectedly, presuming that the driver has become fatigued or inattentive.

The driver information cluster will display a message and an alert will be sounded, ordering the driver to take a rest. If the vehicle continues to detect signs of driver drowsiness after three warnings, a second alert message is displayed along with a louder signal.

Ian Mitchell, Grandland X’s product manager, said driving while tired poses a risk to all road users, not just the driver.

He added that the driver drowsiness alert system can detect the typical signals of fatigue and can potentially prevent an accident by reminding drivers to take regular breaks during long journeys.

At 4.48 metres long, the Grandland X will be the largest SUV in Vauxhall’s range.

Going up against the Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008, it will boast a sporty design and off-road looks, as well as seating for five people, generous luggage space, and an elevated ride height for good all-round visibility.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The SUV market is increasingly saturated but Vauxhall’s Grandland X promises to be one of the more fleet-suitable options out there.”