The Stellantis Group is looking to tap into the power of heritage badges to launch its EV strategy across the globe. The two models rumoured to be making a revival are the rally legacy Opel Manta and Lancia Delta.
According to information sourced from Autocar, the Opel Manta will be reshaped into an all-wheel drive SUV unlike the concept car it detailed not too long ago bearing the same moniker but much like the route Ford has taken with its Mustang Mach-E. Opel bosses have the belief that reviving this moniker will give the upcoming model some sporting pedigree.
The revival of this model was confirmed a few months ago when the German brand confirmed that it would make the switch to electric-only products by 2027. The new product is expected to sit right above the upcoming Astra.
No technical details of the upcoming Opel Manta have been detailed but it is understood that it will use one of the four new EV platforms developed by Stellantis. The STLA Medium layout that caters to the C- and D-segment products is the most likely candidate.
With this, it is expected to boast a claimed range of just over 700 km and accommodate two motors with a total power output well over 294 kW. Stellantis claims that using this setup, its products will be able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in around 2,0 seconds.
The Lancia Delta EV has also been strongly hinted by Stellantis higher-ups as an upmarket premium offering to fit into the Italian brand’s future positioning.
New Lancia boss Luca Napolitano said that “it will be a true Delta: an exciting car, a manifesto of progress and technology. And obviously it will be electric.”