Should we expect all the brands of the Stellantis group to make the exact same announcement? After Citroën, which will be the first of all to draw with the first ë-C3 in history, and Fiat, which followed suit a few weeks ago, now Opel also wants its inexpensive electric car. CEO Florian Huell announced this at the Munich Motor Show. It intends to offer a zero-emission model by 2026, the price of which will be around €25,000, before state subsidies. For Citroën and Fiat, it is not surprising that such announcements have been made. For Opel on the other hand…
Stellantis blurs the tracks
It is that, technically, the builder at Blitz evolves a notch above the other two within the Stellantis galaxy. At the beginning of 2021, when the group was founded, an organization chart had been presented. We learned in particular that Opel (and its British division Vauxhall) now wanted to be a premium generalist, in the same way as Peugeot. Fiat and Citroën were for their part the group’s call brands, those whose main objective was to offer vehicles within the reach of the greatest number.
For Fiat, no big surprise, it has always had this image of an accessible manufacturer (even if it’s a little less true since the 500 has returned to the range). Citroën has built its reputation on, on the one hand, popular models (the 2CV first and foremost) and, on the other, top-of-the-range models highlighting French chic (especially the DS). But for its future, it was decided recently, there will only be affordable cars. So, by stating that it wants to follow the same path, Opel/Vauxhall is blurring the tracks and seems to be forgetting its new fundamentals, in particular that of a generalist brand which offers more.
A cheap electric, yes, but later
However, said model would not arrive before 2026. This certainly explains it. The new C3, her arrival is imminent. As for the future Panda, it will be presented in July 2024. Both should both be based on an evolution of the CMP platform already used for a few years by a large number of models (current 208 and Corsa, C4, etc.). Opel seems to want to wait for a more favorable moment when the electric will have already been profitable.
However, 2026 coincides precisely with the introduction on the market of the smallest of the platforms of the Stellantis group called STLA Small. A base that will count in the equation, as Florian Huettl rightly pointed out to our colleagues fromAutomotive News Europe “With Stellantis’ purely electric platforms, we will be able to offer prices that allow us to target a much wider audience.” Too bad you have to wait so long for an electric Opel at a low price. To date, the Corsa e zero emission first price starts at €36,050, before government bonus.
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To sum up
After Citroën and Fiat, Opel also intends to sell a small inexpensive electric car. It is not expected before 2026, however.