With legendary names like these, EV adoption will feel like less of a betrayal.
Just like all the other big brands, Stellantis is investing a fortune into advancing its electric vehicles for the future. We've already seen some of the results of the work Stellantis is doing in electrified vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, but that's barely scratching the surface of what the conglomerate has in store. Back in May, Opel revealed the Manta EV with stylish retro elements, but if that wasn't enough, we got even better news early last month when we learned that Stellantis would be resurrecting the Lancia Delta. According to a report from Autocar, these two will now help Stellantis and its various subsidiaries spearhead a slew of new electric vehicles.
Unfortunately, the Manta won't be a rear-drive coupe like the 1970s original. Instead, it will be an electric SUV coupe, but that sporty name is expected to attract buyers in the same way that the Mustang Mach-E has. No technical details for the electric SUV have yet been confirmed, but we expect to see it ride on one of the Stellantis group's new platforms, likely the Medium platform. This offers 440 miles of range and should support fast charging that can add 20 miles of range in a single minute. STLA Medium has already been allocated to premium vehicles, so we can glean that the Manta won't be a barebones SUV.
As for the Delta, Lancia's new boss Luca Napolitano says that "it will be a true Delta: an exciting car, a manifesto of progress and technology. And obviously, it will be electric." Expect the future Delta to be upmarket and premium too, something like an alternative to Alfa Romeo. The Delta will arrive two years after a new Ypsilon that will debut in 2024, but once again, the details are scant. If this rides on STLA Small, then we can expect 300 miles of range, and with these platforms all suitable for any of the three drivetrain layouts - FWD, RWD, or AWD - the Delta may bring some of the rally-winning excitement that it is known for. We'll report back once we know more.