Stellantis will use the investment to set up a battery assembly workshop as well as one dedicated to plastic injection moulding, it said in a statement, adding the vehicle's launch will happen on the future STLA Medium platform.

Stellantis, which like many carmakers is shifting towards producing more environmentally-friendly vehicles, plans to sell only electric cars in Europe by 2030.

The car, code-named CR3, will succeed the current C5 Aircross with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines.

Asked whether the new vehicle would be available as anything other than a 100% electric model, CEO Carlos Tavares told the press: "In principle no".

(This story has been refiled to correct the title of CEO Carlos Tavares in the last paragraph)

($1 = 0.9084 euros)

(Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Writing by Olivier Sorgho; Edited by Kirsten Donovan)