One year after the Citroën Ami, Opel unveils the Rocks-e, its twin from across the Rhine, technically and aesthetically identical.
Here is a surprise! Generally, when a model is about to emerge, brands like to communicate about it, by unveiling more or less evocative teasers. Not to mention the many spyshots often published on the net or the possible leaks of official photos. In short, it is difficult for brands to keep the secret until the revelation of a new creation. But it would seem thatOpel succeeded, while the firm has just given birth to a new model, which nobody expected. A nice surprise therefore, which takes the form of a vehicle without a license that will undoubtedly remind you of something. And for good reason, it is a carbon copy of the Citroën Ami, unveiled at the beginning of last year. First foreshadowed by the concept Ami One, the electric city car with chevrons has now integrated the range well, and now offers itself a twin sister straight from the other side of the Rhine. Dubbed the Opel Rocks-e, it made its official debut a few days before the Munich show.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to admire this newcomer there, the German firm not being present there, just like the entire Stellantis group, which has decided to skip this year. In any case, the change of scenery should not really be there with this Opel Rocks-e, which takes exactly the lines of the Citroën Ami, with its symmetrical architecture to reduce costs. This explains in particular the presence of doors opening in two different directions, while the front face is strictly identical to the rear. However, Opel has taken extra care in styling by offering its city car a more elaborate trim than that of the Ami, made up of shades of gray and black, as well as yellow. A color that is also found in the interior, which also remains very refined and stripped down, ignoring equipment and comfort. The goal is clear: to display an attractive price, in order to attract very young drivers.
Technical basis unchanged
So you got it, this Opel Rocks-e is therefore a carbon copy of the Citroën Ami, and you will therefore not be surprised to learn that the two city cars share the same technical base. The little German therefore embarks a 100% electric motor of 6 kW, or 8 horsepower, for a torque of 40 nm. For its part, the 5.5 kWh battery allows the city car to travel up to 75 kilometers in a single charge, this one requiring about 3 and a half hours to be completed on a conventional outlet. The maximum speed is restricted to 45 km / h. If all the characteristics are not yet known, there is no doubt that the equipment will be identical to the Citroën Ami, that is to say very basic. As a reminder, the tricolor city car has no air conditioning, airbags or integrated audio system.
Considered as an electric tricycle and not a car strictly speaking, the new Opel Rocks-e can then be driven from the age of 14, like the Ami. First launched in Germany, it will then be exported to other markets from next year. Its price should remain close to that of its cousin, turning around € 6,000.
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