Stellantis is reeling off its electrification strategy for the next decade, including plans to revamp most of its range around four pure electric platforms. Opel is one of the group’s 14 brands, and one with more progressive plans, since the German firm will also have an all-electric lineup in its core market by 2028While, by 2024, Opel’s entire lineup will be electrified and have an aspirational rival for the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
“From 2028 Opel will only offer electric cars in our main market, Europe,” said the director of Opel, Michael Lohscheller. “This demonstrates the brand’s clear commitment to electric mobility. The future of the automotive industry is electric, and Opel is part of it. We are on the path of reinvention, transforming ourselves into a young, ecological and global brand, and going from being another brand to setting trends. We are heading towards an emission-free future ”, adds the president.
Of course, Opel has a presence in more individual markets than just the region it calls Europe, representing more than four dozen countries in total. That still leaves some room to maneuver when it comes to models with internal combustion mechanics. It remains to be seen how extensive your offerings will be here. in countries where it will not offer only electric vehicles, as all countries are by no means guaranteed to have significant electrified adoption rates by 2028.
In addition, Opel has decided enter the Chinese market, although more details will be known in due course. “We promised that the brand would go global, and we will deliver. China is the world’s largest car market and we are convinced that we will be able to grow profitably there. Chinese customers are looking forward to our products and our exciting German brand, ”Lohscheller stressed. It certainly helps that other PSA brands like Peugeot Y Citroën already have a presence there.
Opel Manta-e Concept
Finally and unfortunately for fans of the Manta GSe ElektroMOD seen in May, it does not seem that the Blanket-e promised in the Opel ad it looks like the electric restomod with which the firm wanted to make us dream. A sketch provided by the company reveals an electric vehicle that looks clearly more futuristic, but which advocates an SUV body rather than a coupe. It is the winning strategy, as there will be a new rival for the aforementioned Ford Mustang Mach E, the Tesla Model Y, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6.
And although the brand does not mention it, it will use the new Stellantis electric platforms SLTP Small (for segment A and B vehicles) and SLTP Medium (for segments C and D). These are, respectively, evolutions of the platforms eCMP Y eVPM of the extinct PSA. In fact, after the Corsa and the Mokka, the Astra will be in charge of taking Opel to the top of success, with plug-in hybrid versions and, possibly, a 100% electric derivative that not even his brother the Peugeot 308 has planned in his last generation.