what we already know about Opel’s next electric SUV

After the Corsa-e and Mokka-e, it is the turn of a third electric model to arrive shortly in the Opel range. This will be the Crossland, which should see the light of day sometime next year.

If Germany and some manufacturers across the Rhine like Porsche do not approve of Brussels’ decision to ban the sale of thermal cars in 2035, everyone will have to comply. This will also be the case with Opel, which is currently not the most advanced brand on the subject, but that could end up changing.

A revamped design

Indeed, the German brand’s current range only includes three electric cars, the Corsa-e, the Astra Electric and the Mokka-e, i.e. a city car, a compact and a small SUV cousin of the Peugeot e-2008 and other Jeep Avengers we recently tested. But the manufacturer is not idle and is preparing other new features without a heat engine.

In March 2022, Opel announced that its Insignia and Crossland would become electric during the year 2024. If for the time being the sedan has not yet given any news, the SUV is slowly starting to show itself. Indeed, the journalists of the American site Motor1 were even able to see the latter, currently in the test phase on the open road.

For now, this model is still heavily camouflaged and does not show its design, which will probably be heavily redesigned. However, we discover its overall silhouette, which seems to have taken a little overweight compared to the current generation. The electric SUV should lengthen a few centimeters, from 4.22 to 4.35 meterswhich will undoubtedly benefit the habitability for the occupants.

If this remains to be confirmed, this new version should adopt the famous Vizor front face present on the latest models of the brand. In profile, the car appears to be a little more boxy and massive, while the driving position has not yet been photographed. The latter should undoubtedly be overhauled in depth with many technological improvements.

A 100% electric version

For the moment, information is still scarce on the SUV, which should still be offered with thermal engines. But what interests us is obviously its electric alternative, which should be reworked by the brand’s engineers. If nothing has been confirmed yet, everything suggests that the future Opel Crossland will take over the eCMP platform already well proven for several years.

This is used by all the electric models of the Stellantis group, from the Peugeot e-208 to the DS 3 E-Tense via the e-2008 that we tested recently. But it could also be that the SUV adopts the STLA technical base like the future Peugeot e-3008 which is about to see the light of day. This will indeed be unveiled in the fall.

In any case, this future electric Crossland should embark the same 156 horsepower engine made in France than his cousins. This is associated with a 54 kWh battery, which offers a range of up to 400 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. But we will still have to wait before knowing more: Opel remains very mysterious on the subject for the moment.

This newcomer should see the light of day next year and will hunt on the land of the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5, which are currently a hit in Europe.

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