Opel confirms electric future Crossland, Insignia and Manta
Stellantis Group will be 100% electric in Europe by 2030. The Opel brand will pass the milestone in 2028, and now confirms the arrival of several models that will not be without gasoline engines. Among them, a revised version of the legendary Opel Manta.
Even before the takeover by PSA in 2017, the idea of making Opel a brand dedicated to electric vehicles was in the air. The delay was ultimately a bit longer than expected, and would be for 2028. A little ahead of the bulk of European brands, but not enough to make it a point of difference in the current competitive environment.
Today, Opel offers electric versions of almost all models in its range. Thus we find plug-in hybrids in the Grandland and Astra and electrics in the Rocks-e, Corsa-e, Mokka-e, Combo-e (Life or Van), Zafira-e/Vivaro-e, Movano. -E is joined by the hydrogen version of the Vivaro. Two models are missing from this list: Crossland and Insignia. It is precisely this model that will be the next to go electric.
The new Crossland will be the replacement cousin of the Citroën C3 Aircross. Based on the CMP platform, it will offer an electric version and a petrol version. It will use the configuration of the current models, i.e. 50 kWh (gross) battery and 100 kW/136 hp motor. It is expected in early 2024. To better differentiate itself from the Mokka, the Crossland will grow in size and will be closer to 4.40 meters.
At the end of this year 2024, the Insignia will bow. With it the last Opel based on a GM platform will disappear. And the latest heat-only Opel. From this date, the entire range will be electrified. So a new sign is planned. Unlike the Astra, it will be electric, not a plug-in hybrid. It could be among the first cars from the group to debut on the 100% electric STLA Large platform.
Opel Manta: From coupe to electric SUV
A platform that we will undoubtedly find in 2025 with the new Manta. A launch that will come to monitor the range. An electric Opel Manta is also on the cards However, it will have nothing to do with the 70s coupe. It will be a large D-segment SUV. To give it a sporty tone, Opel is relying on the inherent performance of the platform and electric propulsion, but also a more distinctive design than the rest of the range.
Before that, 2023 will see electric versions of the Astra. In 2024, while the Grandland could accommodate the same engine, the new version of the SLTA medium platform is planned to accommodate a variety of engines, petrol, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric.