Opel Frontera Electric gets a sub-€30,000 price tag

Opel’s latest compact electric SUV was first unveiled last month and now shares some more details from under the hood. Two electric versions and two mild hybrid gasoline engines will become available, both with enticing price tags. There’s space on board for seven people.

If you’re in the market for an affordable electric SUV from Stellantis with space for seven people, you now have two choices: the Citroën (ë-)C3 Aircross and the Opel Frontera. The German brand has unveiled that its latest offering also offers the option of a third row of seating.

100 or 136 hp mild hybrid

We already knew that the Frontera would be available with a mild hybrid gasoline engine and as a fully electric model, and now we also know which engines will be available. On the gasoline side, the 1.2-liter three-cylinder with 48 V electric assistance offers 100 or 136 hp, with an automatic gearbox as standard (the 28 hp electric motor is built into the e-DCS6 transmission).

The new Opel Frontera will offer up to 7 seats, both as a mild hybrid and as a fully electric model / Opel

Up to 400 km all-electric

Opel doesn’t say which motors and batteries will be used for the Frontera Electric; it just says that the basic version offers around 300 km of WLTP range, while the ‘Long Range’ manages up to 400 km. It wouldn’t surprise us that the former gets the old 136 hp/50 kWh combo, while the latter might get the more recent 156 hp/54 kWh motor and battery pack.

Opel has also divulged some of the pricing. The Frontera will become available with two equipment levels: a mild hybrid and a more sporty and better-equipped Frontera GS. The mild hybrid starts at around €24,000 in Germany, while the Frontera Electric will start at around €29,000.

Cheaper than a Corsa?

That’s quite an aggressive price for an electric SUV with 450 to 1,600 liters of trunk space, up to 7 seats, and roof rails that can carry up to 240 kg statically, making them useful for roof tent excursions. Even the much smaller Corsa starts at €36,350 in Belgium with likely the same 50 kWh battery pack.

Will we see a price drop for the rest of the electric range, or does the Frontera have a cheaper platform and drivetrain after all? We will know when the SUV launches later this year.

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