Opel steps on the gas in the small car segment. New look, new electric motor and, for the first time, a 48-volt hybrid for Opel’s smallest car.
Opel recently sent out invitations for the first test drive with the new Opel Astra Electric. Now the traditional German brand is following suit: in a broadcast, the first images of the next generation of the Corsa minivan, which is scheduled to be released this year, have been shown. Since its debut in 1982, the Corsa has been one of the brand’s most successful models. The current sixth generation (Corsa F) has been available since June 2019 and is produced at the Spanish Opel plant in Zaragoza.
All new Opel models bear the “Opel Visor” brand face.
The most striking feature of the new version now being introduced is the distinctive “Opel Vizor” brand face, which is carried on all of the brand’s new vehicles. This black “eyebrow” connects the Opel Thunderbolt, which is available in either black or satin matte silver, with LED headlights. In the future, the latter could be equipped with an improved version of matrix light technology if necessary. Instead of the previous eight, a total of 14 individually controllable LED elements will ensure that the road is optimally illuminated without dazzling other road users. In addition to the self-assured Corsa lettering – ahead in the center of the tailgate – the “open” C-pillar, through which the roof of the small car seems to float, is particularly striking.
The fully digital cockpit of the new Opel Corsa
For the interior, the manufacturer, which belongs to the Stellantis Group, has announced a fully digital cockpit with a new infotainment system. With a color touchscreen of up to ten inches, the Snapdragon cockpit platform provided by the American semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm can be individually adapted to the wishes of the customer. Also new to the Corsa is the ability to wirelessly connect smartphones to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Remote updates are standard with the navigation system, as is “Hey Opel” voice recognition.
All new is also the motto of Corsa engines
The next generation Corsa Electric, which has been available since 2021, comes in two performance levels. The base engine with 100 kW / 136 PS provides an even greater range of up to 357 km in WLTP standard. According to the manufacturer, the 115 kW / 156 PS plug-in variant has a range of 402 kilometers. In addition to the electric variants and combustion engines still available, the next Corsa will also be the first Opel to be ordered as a 48-volt mild hybrid version. The two hybrid engines come with a choice of 74 kW/100 PS or 100 kW/136 PS along with a new dual-clutch automatic transmission. By 2028, Opel will become an all-electric brand in Europe.
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