Opel’s ambitions in higher segments seem to be evaporating. The Opel Manta electric crossover project would finally be canceled. And a possible succession to the Insignia is becoming more and more improbable.
Within a group made up of 14 brands, it is difficult to satisfy everyone and finance everyone’s ambitions. Each brand has its territory and its attributions, particularly in periods of uncertainty. The Maserati Quattroporte has already paid the price for being too close to the next generation of Alfa Romeo Giulia. Now it’s the Opel Manta’s turn.
According to our colleagues at L’Automobile Magazine, the group’s management would have decided to put an end to this project. Within Stellantis, the Opel brand has the role of being a general, rather conservative label. In terms of SUVs, Opel will therefore be content with the next Grandland.
The latter will, like the current one, be a cousin of the Peugeot 3008 and will also offer an electric engine. On the other hand, it will adopt a more classic style with a rear hatch closer to vertical. Certain stylistic details, including the identity of the front, will however be directly inspired by the Opel Experimental concept exhibited at the last Munich show. A concept which was to foreshadow the Opel Manta.
The Opel Manta OV85 project was linked to those of vehicles planned for DS and Peugeot. The DS9 (D85) and Peugeot 6008 (P85) are maintained. Following this cancellation, the Opel range will stop at the C segment with the Grandland, since the possible electric replacement for the Insignia also seems to be forgotten.
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