Numerous cars have utilised a contrasting black bonnet over the years. For the Abarth 124 rally car, it was to reduce glare in the driver’s eyes. With the ‘Ring-bashing Porsche GT2 RS and Renault Megane R26.R, it’s because their bonnets are lightweight carbon. When it comes to Mr Bean’s Mini, it’s because… well, we’ve no idea.
And the Vauxhall Grandland X? Perhaps it’s to raise excitement when the rest of the car’s design is so plain. Because, beneath the skin, this one genuinely is quite interesting.
It has nearly 300bhp, for starters. That’s from a combination of petrol and electric power that makes this Vauxhall’s first plug-in hybrid, one that’s come about thanks to the company joining the PSA Group and being able to nab technology from Peugeot. The Grandland is effectively a 3008 beneath the skin, after all.