Everything we know on the new Opel Manta-e crossover in February 2022

Opel announced that it will bring an all-new fully electric vehicle that will wear the Manta nameplate around 2025. To be named Opel Manta-e, this new electric vehicle revives the Manta brand from the yesteryears. At the Stellantis EV Day 2021 on July 8, 2021, Opel’s then-CEO Michael Lohscheller said that the company would be launching the Opel Manta-e by mid-decade of the 2020s.

Opel Manta-e production plans

Opel EV Day 2021
Opel’s then-CEO Michael Lohscheller said that the company would be launching the Opel Manta-e by mid-decade of the 2020s at EV Day 2021. Image courtesy: Youtube channel of Opel.

The Manta-e will play an important role in Opel’s pure electrification plans in Europe by 2028. Opel is going the pure-electric way in the Chinese auto market, with the company eyeing the European car markets with the same strategy.

‘Green is the new cool’ – Opel will re-invent the Manta-e by mid-decade, and bring a very emotional car to the market, which will excite our customers.

Michael Lohscheller, former CEO of Opel, at Stellantis EV Day 2021

Design

Unlike the one-off Manta GSe ElektroMOD and the Manta from yesteryears which are two-door coupes, the reborn Opel Manta-e will be a five-door crossover. According to the teaser unveiled at EV Day 2021 by Stellantis (parent company of Opel), the 2025 Opel Manta-e might have a radical design with a sharp coupe-like roofline and flared wheel arches, with a curved design for bonnet and boot lid.

Opel Manta electric SUV side
Opel should present a concept car that previews the design of the Manta EV by the end of the year. Image: Opel/Stellantis

Opel has mentioned at the bottom of the teaser that the illustration does not represent production intent. The final design might have extensive changes to make it practical and simpler to produce. No other details have been disclosed by Opel, including its interior and powertrain options. We expect Opel to present the Manta-e concept at a motor show or a company event this year.

Current Opel models feature Intelli-Lux LED Pixel light technology. The Manta-e could feature the brand’s next-gen lighting technology and maybe even a closed-off upper grille with an integrated display to project safety signs for oncoming pedestrians and cars. The Manta GSe ElektroMOD’s Pixel-Vizor front end could debut as a series-production feature on the Manta-e.

Opel CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz says that advanced adaptive light systems are connected to many assistance systems. Their job is not just to illuminate the road ahead. The company has joined hands with the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) to research new lighting technologies. The duo will start advanced adaptive light systems tests with a prototype at the end of the year. “We want to develop all-new lighting systems and bring them to the market,” Hochgeschurtz said.

Platform & Specifications

While Opel hasn’t said anything about the powertrain or platform, it would be based on one of the four EV platforms, all of which were announced by Stellantis in 2021. These four platforms are STLA Small (driving range of 300 miles), STLA Frame (driving range of 500 miles), STLA Medium (driving range of 440 miles), and STLA Large (driving range of 500 miles). These platforms are quite flexible to accommodate varying dimensions and component sharing while offering all types of drivetrains – front-wheel, rear-wheel, all-wheel, and 4xe (four-wheel) layout.

Opel electrification strategy
Opel will be an all-electric range by 2028, including the production model of the Manta-e. Image courtesy: Youtube channel of Opel.

The Opel Manta-e SUV coupe should sit on the STLA Medium platform, which Stellantis is developing for premium C-segment models and D-segment models. STLA Medium platform-based will get battery packs with 87-104 kWh of gross energy, and they will be capable of delivering a range of up to 700 km (435 miles). 125-180 kW electric drive modules will power these EVs. The top-end variant(s) could have a dual-motor AWD powertrain. Stellantis expects STLA Medium platform EVs to accelerate from 0-60 mph as quickly as in two seconds flat, although this SUV-coupe might not be the model recording that best possible time.

Electrification plans of Opel

Apart from the long-term vision of 100 per cent pure electric cars, Opel is targeting to make its entire portfolio electrified by 2024, under its plan of ‘journeying from cold to cool.’ To achieve this plan, Opel has already electrified nine models, including its entire light commercial vehicle lineup and passenger vehicles like Mokka-e and Corsa-e and the upcoming Astra. The lineup will also see the inclusion of a fuel cell-powered Vivaro Fleet vehicle.

Opel electrification plan
Apart from taking the 100% pure electric pathway to 2028, Opel plans to electrify its entire portfolio by 2024 with hybrids. Image courtesy: Youtube channel of Opel.

Electrification will make Opel a younger and more modern brand, which in turn will have the same effect on its customers, said Hochgeschurtz. Hochgeschurtz was speaking in an interview with Automotive News Europe, explaining how electrified Opel models would bring a positive change in their attitude toward mobility. The ‘e’ suffix in these models, including the Corsa-e and Mokka-e, stands for electric and emotional.

Opel Manta-e FAQs

What is the Opel Manta-e?

The Manta-e is a future four-door all-electric crossover SUV, completely different from the Manta coupe of the past.

What is the Electric Opel Manta release date?

The new Manta-e will be introduced by the mid-decade in Europe, likely riding on the STLA Medium platform.

What will be the key rivals of Opel Manta EV?

The Opel Manta-e will supposedly take on the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E & VW ID.4.

Featured image: Opel/Stellantis