PARIS -- Stellantis and Renault Group will focus on launching compact and midsize vehicles in 2022, with key models that include the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the Dacia Jogger.
Others include the Chinese-built Citroen C5X, the Maserati Grecale, the Renault Austral (replacing the slow-selling Kadjar) and a widely rumored coupe/crossover based on the compact Peugeot 308, which itself was renewed at the end of 2021.
Another potential reveal is a new Opel Insignia based on Stellantis rather than General Motors architecture, although it may not launch until 2023 or later.
One exception to the compact trend is a small Jeep, slotting below the Renegade, that would go into production in Poland in mid-year.
In recent years, the two groups focused on small cars, with new versions of mainstays such as the Renault Clio and Captur, the Dacia Sandero, the Peugeot 208 and 2008, and the Opel Corsa and Mokka.
But now they are turning to the higher-margin compact and midsize segments. The ongoing semiconductor shortage has only added to their importance, as automakers allocate chips to more-profitable vehicles.
Renault CEO Luca de Meo has made compact vehicles the centerpiece of his revival plan, as he seeks to shift the group’s revenue stream away from the current 70 percent that comes from small cars.