The new Opel Corsa is coming to Ireland later this year, and will be powered by completely new electric and hybrid drives.
While we won’t know prices and equipment until closer to launch, Opel has said that the new Corsa will take its already strong offering in the small car segment to the next level.
The new Opel Corsa boasts the brand’s new front vizor, a characteristic that adorns every new Opel model today.
The black visor covers the front of the Corsa and seamlessly integrates the vehicle grille, the LED headlights, and the central Opel Blitz in one element.
Depending on the trim level, the brand logo on the front and rear is presented in eye-catching black or matt satin silver. The optical “air inlets” in the lower front bumper area are larger and more prominent than before, planting the Corsa even firmer on the road.
The “break-through” C-pillar seems to allow the roof, which comes in black, depending on the trim, to float above the vehicle. The Corsa nameplate now appears in the centre of the tailgate.
Grafik Grey paintwork, available for the first time for the Corsa, allows the newcomer to shine in new splendour.
With new seat patterns, as well as a new shift lever and steering wheel design, the absolute interior highlight, both visually and technically, is said to be the optional fully digital cockpit. The Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies features enhanced graphics and multimedia capabilities to provide a more integrated, intuitive cockpit system that evolves to meet its passengers’ preferences.
The navigation system offers connected services, “Hey Opel” natural speech recognition and over-the-air updates. The 10-inch colour touchscreen displays driver information even more clearly so that all important info can be viewed in a fraction of a second, according to Opel.
Notably, for the first time, compatible smartphones connect to the vehicle’s multimedia systems and also recharge, both wirelessly.
Driving and manoeuvring in the new Corsa is said by Opel to be even more relaxed thanks to the new, high-resolution panoramic rear-view camera with flank-guard, matched to adaptive cruise control, speed limiter and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
The new Corsa benefits from the latest generation adaptive, glare-free Intelli-Lux LED matrix lights. A total of 14 instead of eight individually controllable LED elements ensure a stadium-bright driving experience that now “cuts out” other road users even more precisely than before.
Opel aims to become a fully electric brand in Europe by 2028. With 12 models already electrified today in the Opel portfolio, the Corsa was the pioneer. The new Corsa Electric now takes this to the next level, with a wider choice, more power, an improved battery and more range.
It will come with two electric drive options and will be offered with 136hp and an improved range of up to 357km, as well as with 156hp and up to 402km range (WLTP).
When the Corsa Electric needs to be recharged, it can be done quickly at a fast charger; the battery reaches up to 80 per cent of its total capacity in just 30 minutes (20-80%), according to the German automaker.
For the first time, Opel will also offer customers the option of switching to hybrids with a 48-volt system. The 100hp and 136hp engines come with a new dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In the future, they will complement the wide range of economical drive variants from highly efficient combustion engines to the all-electric Corsa Electric, thus consistently continuing the electrification of the brand.