Following Opel’s sale to PSA Groupe, we found out the German brand’s emission strategy was in pretty sorry shape. Now, the French automaker will work double time to roll out new and efficient engines and more electrified options to meet looming European Union emission standards.
Opel announced previously that its first electrified offering will be the Grandland X crossover. The brand will introduce a Grandland X plug-in hybrid, set to arrive by 2020. But, there will be more. The next-generation Opel Corsa will arrive with a battery-electric version to give the brand two all-electric cars. The first is the Opel Ampera-e, itself a rebadged 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV. An electrified Opel Combo will also roll out in the next few months, according to the brand.
In the announcement, Opel also disclosed the next-generation Corsa is on schedule to debut before 2020. It will be one of the first Opel vehicles to transition from General Motors architecture to PSA.
The French automaker has already aired its displeasure over the Opel sale with GM privately. The company alleged GM did not disclose the full magnitude of Opel’s emission strategy, which could leave PSA to front the bill if Opel doesn’t meet regulations in the near future. These electrified offerings will be key to the brand in the near future.