New Manta-e design looks cooler than Tesla
German automaker Opel has revealed it will bring back its famous Manta nameplate at the EV Day 2021 event, according to an initial report from Engine1.
This third coming of the Manta is an all-electric car called the Manta-e, and is expected to hit the market in the mid-2020s, according to a statement from Opel / Vauxhall CEO Michael Loscheller. “Opel will reinvent the Manta-e by the middle of the decade and bring to market a very moving car that will thrill our customers,” he said.
And, to be blunt, it looks cooler than a Tesla.
The Opel Manta-e offers up to 500 miles of range
Opel also dropped a mind-numbing teaser render of the Manta-e that goes against purists who might prefer Tesla’s monochrome look. It shows how the all-electric Manta won’t just be another two-door coupe (like the original Manta), but will become a four-door crossover coupe. Ford did something similar with its Mustang Mach-E, which could have served as a source of conceptual inspiration. But on that note, only Opel knows.
However, there is a catch to this visual experience. The fine print at the bottom of the render reads: “Illustration is not representative of production intent” which basically means this dream rendering is just that; a dream that could differ significantly from the design of the final product. There weren’t any other snippets of information about the Mante-e, but rest assured the design won’t stray too far from the EV platforms shown by Stellanis on July 8. It will likely be based on the STLA Large or STLA Medium, which provide up to 500 miles (800 km) driven by a 118 kWh battery and 440 miles (700 km) of range with a 104 kWh battery, respectively.
Additional platforms featured in the render teaser were the STLA Frame, which offers 500 miles (800 km), and the STLA Small, with 300 miles (500 km) of range. The platforms are designed to prioritize the flexibility of length, width and component sharing to spawn three Electric Drive Modules (EDMs) that connect the inverter, gearbox and motor, and have front, rear or all-wheel drive, in addition to 4xe. That’s impressive, but it’s important to note that Tesla also offers these multi-drive setup options (in the Model 3, for example). But what Tesla has closest to a crossover hit is its upcoming “Palladium” project, which was spotted on a test track in January of this year.
Will Opel’s Manta-e outperform Tesla’s Palladium?
Not much is known about the vehicle, other than the fact that it is being deployed at the Fremont plant and Gigafactor Nevada, in addition to being part of a global project to “refresh” the vehicles. Tesla’s Model X and Model S series, the latter having debuted in June. But the Palladium update will come with new battery modules and drive units, apparently the same as used in the all-new S Plaid model. The Palladium’s powertrain will use the same three-engine setup as the Plaid, which means we can estimate range could be close to the new coupe.
The specifications of the Plaid were outlined by Tesla during its Big Revelation: If correct, it has a range of 390 miles (627 km), a top speed of 200 mph (322 km / h) (with the “right tires). Musk warned), and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (zero to 100 km / h) in 1.99 seconds. Naturally, all of that could vary considerably with Palladium’s final release (for which no date has been announced), but comparing Tesla’s Model S Plaid to the Manta-e, it looks like Opel’s next crossover coupe could. get ahead of the range. Time will tell if the Palladium can outperform the Manta-e, but one thing is for sure – so far the latter looks cooler.