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Stellantis begins to test the restyling of its medium electric vans in the company of the Volkswagen ID. buzz

The medium electric vans of the Stellantis group will receive their half-life restyling at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year. The Citroën ë-SpaceTourer/ë-Jumpy, FIAT E-Ulysse/E-Scudo, Opel Zafira-e/Vivaro-e and Peugeot e-Traveller/e-Expert They will be updated to be able to stand up to new proposals such as the Renault Trafic E-TECH and the Volkswagen ID. Buzz.

Stellantis seems to be clear that the latter is the reference to beat in the segment, since the first test units of the quadruplets have been spotted in the company of a unit from the Volkswagen van. This is pretty typical in the industry.since manufacturers often reverse engineer the main models of the competition.

Initially, the renewed vans will benefit from a new electric motor of 156 PS (115 kW) developed by Emotors, a joint venture between Stellantis and specialist Nidec. This engine will not only be more powerful than the current 136 hp (100 kW) unit of Vitesco (Continental) origin, but it will also be noticeably more efficient.

The batteries will drop their current NCM 523 chemistry in favor of the more modern NCM 811, although they will continue to be manufactured by CATL. The access pack of 50 kWh will give way to another of 54 kWh, while the superior one of 75 kWh will be replaced by one with more than 80 kWh of capacity. The autonomies will go from the current 230 and 330 km WLTP to approximately 300 and 400km WLTP.

The new Volkswagen ID. Buzz has been taken as a reference by Stellantis

Stellantis will improve the autonomy of its electric vans

Regarding the load, they will reach 7.4 kW in single-phase, 11 kW in three-phase and 100 kW in direct current. Therefore, the waiting times will not vary too much compared to the versions currently on sale. The heat pump, a very useful piece of equipment that improves the performance of the air conditioning system, will be included as standard.

From an aesthetic point of view, the changes will be minor and will be concentrated on the front, where they will receive new headlights and bumpers. The rest of the bodywork will remain unchanged. The proposals of Citroën, FIAT, Opel and Peugeot they will differ from each other by the design of their respective calenders.

The passenger compartment will undergo a more notable evolution, with a four-spoke steering wheel and a flatter design, a digital instrumentation that will replace the old analogue panel and a touch screen for the larger multimedia system located in a higher position. Both the infotainment system and the driving assistants will be updated.

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