stellantis has announced that it will invest 130 million euros to manufacture the next generation of the Opel Grandland in Eisenach (Germany). The compact SUV, which will become a 100% electric model, will hit the market in the second half of 2024 and will be closely related to the Peugeot e-3008, which will be released this year.
It will therefore be the first car from the lightning firm based on the STLA Medium platform, designed from scratch for electric vehicles. Its autonomy will be around 700km WLTPso it will become one of the most capable proposals in the C segment (compact SUV), one of the most important in the European market.
Although not confirmed, it is possible that the name Grandland will be discarded in favor of a historical appellation: Blanket. Since the e-3008 will have a more “coupé” profile than the current model, it is most likely that this characteristic will also be transferred to its German brother, which would justify its connection with the legendary sports car of the 70s and 80s.
Initially, its batteries will use original NCM (nickel, cobalt, manganese) cells. ACC (Automotive Cells Company), a consortium formed by Mercedes-Benz, Saft (TotalEnergies) and Stellantis itself. Its initial range is possibly made up of three versions, two of them single engine and another dual engine (ie with all-wheel drive).
The current Opel Grandland is available in PHEV versions
The current Opel Grandland does not have electric variants, but it does have two plug-in hybrids, one with front-wheel drive and the other with all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-range model, called G.Seuses the same petrol engine (1.6 turbo four-cylinder) as standard, but adds a second 113hp electric drive on the rear axle (front-wheel drive model has a single 110hp electric unit on the front axle) .
This set gives you all-wheel drive and a maximum power of 300 hp (221 kW). It can complete 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of 235 km/h (135 km/h in electric mode). Its 13.2 kWh battery pack gives it a range of 59km WLTPand can charge a maximum of 7.4 kW of power in alternating current.
It also adds recalibrated steering, firmer shocks and springs with technology KONI FSD (Frequency Selective Damping)and a specific aesthetic kit (19-inch alloy wheels inspired by those of the Manta GSe prototype, a specific rear diffuser, AGR-certified front seats…).
Source | Automotive News Europe