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Vauxhall Manta electric SUV previewed by new concept car

Vauxhall has revealed its new ‘Experimental’ concept car as a sneak peek of its upcoming Tesla Model Y rival

Vauxhall Experimental concept

The arrival of electric cars into the mainstream has seen several manufacturers revive old nameplates in the hopes of drawing loyal customers to new electrified models, such as Ford with the new Explorer and Volkswagen with the Type 2 Bus-inspired ID. Buzz.

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Next it’s the turn of Vauxhall which has just revealed a new concept car that, when it reaches production, will be an electric coupe-SUV called the ‘Manta’ – a callback to the original Opel Manta coupe of the 1970s and 80s.

Dubbed the Vauxhall Experimental Concept, this one-off show car teases several design aspects that are thought to be coming to the new Manta SUV, notably an update to the brand’s trademark ‘Vizor’ front grille. As you can see from the images, this now includes vertical LED strakes which Vauxhall says comes to form its new ‘Compass’ light signature.

This 4D rendition of Vauxhall Vizor is also said to contain several new safety systems, including cameras and a LiDAR scanner – much like the one found in the new Volvo EX90. This would more accurately be able to scan the road for vehicles, pedestrians and other obstacles, allowing for a more advanced form of semi-autonomous driving.

Vauxhall Experimental - rear

Of course, we don’t expect the production Vauxhall Manta to forego wing mirrors and windows like the Experimental concept, but it’s almost certain the show car’s sloping roofline will remain. With this in mind, the new Manta’s coupe-SUV proportions would make it a rival for the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID.5 and the forthcoming Peugeot e-3008.

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Speaking of Peugeot’s upcoming electric family SUV, the Manta is expected to share that car’s all-new STLA Medium architecture. Previously, Stellantis (Vauxhall’s parent company) has stated the STLA Medium platform will support battery sizes ranging from 87kWh to more than 100kWh – potentially giving the forthcoming electric Manta a range of over 400 miles.

Vauxhall Experimental - interior

Of course, this is all a while off as it’s unlikely that we’ll see a production version of the Manta hit showrooms before 2025. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Manta nameplate thrown about when it comes to an electric concept car; the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD of 2021 was a theoretical modified version of the original Manta coupe, with an electric powertrain and a 124-mile range.

While Vauxhall has no plans to put the ElektroMOD Manta on sale, the one set to be based on the Experimental Concept is almost confirmed at this point. When it eventually goes on sale, we estimate that prices will start from around £45,000-50,000 – in-line with the likes of the Skoda Enyaq Coupe.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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