Opel Manta-e revives 50-year old style icon as an SUV-coupe

With a target of building an EV-only product line-up in the European markets by 2028, Stellantis brand Opel plans to launch many new EVs in the coming years. The introductions will include bold products that will not only bring sales but also help in brand-building. One of such products will be an electric SUV-coupe called Opel Manta-e, reviving the German brand’s classic style icon from the 1970s.

Design

Opel has released one picture of the Manta-e, teasing the concept version of its upcoming electric car. The design looks quite far from production, and understandably so, with the launch still four years away.

Extremely raked A-pillars result in an unusually flattish windscreen at the front. A low roofline ends in a second visibly flattish windscreen at the rear. The squarish panels over the wheel arches lend the concept a funky styling, while the sleek, wedge-shaped DLO underlines its dynamic, performance-focused character. The concave rear section with clean surfaces and L-shaped thin horizontal tail lights provide the SUV-coupe a sporty look.

Platform

Stellantis is developing a new platform family for EVs called STLA, under which there will be four platforms intended for different models based on their size, specifications, and capabilities:

  1. STLA Small
  2. STLA Medium
  3. STLA Large
  4. STLA Frame

Of the four platforms listed here, the STLA Medium seems to be the optimal solution for the Opel Manta-e SUV-coupe. Stellantis plans to utilise Medium for premium EVs belonging to the globally popular C and D segments.

Specifications

The Opel Manta-e could be a C-segment (compact) model. From the officially revealed maximum dimensions of the STLA Medium platform, we know that it won’t be longer than 4,650 mm or wider than 1,850 mm.

Stellantis plans to release the STLA Medium platform-based EVs with battery pack options ranging from 87 to 104 kWh (gross). The company is targeting a maximum range of up to 700 km (435 miles) for these models, although a low-riding coupe or sedan might be the model that achieves that figure, not the Opel Manta-e. Still, we expect the SUV-coupe to travel more than 600 km (373 miles) on a full charge.

The Opel Manta-e should come in single-motor 2WD and dual-motor AWD variants. Stellantis has confirmed that it will offer STLA Medium platform-based EV models with 125-180 kW electric drive modules. The operating voltage of these EVs will be 400 volts.

The lead model of the STLA Medium platform should be able the accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in just two seconds. The Opel Manta-e’s 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) acceleration time could be under five seconds, although an OPC variant with quicker acceleration and sportier styling could follow later.

Opel Manta electric
Opel says the Manta is an icon in the brand’s history and will also serve as an inspiration for the future. Image: Stellantis/Stellantis EV Day 2021

Release Date

The Opel Manta-e will debut by the middle of the decade, likely in early 2025. The previewing concept version teased could debut in 2022 which could also reveal information about the specs and interior that Opel has in mind. The Opel Manta reborn as an SUV-coupe may compete with models like the VW ID.5, Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV, and the Kia EV6 with a EUR 35,000-45,000 price tag.

Opel has confirmed that it will launch in China with EVs, but has not said anything about returning to the U.S. market.