Opel plans to accelerate the electrification of its model range in 2019. The company will already open its order books for two electrified models in the first half of next year – the battery electric version of the new Corsa and the Grandland X SUV as plug-in hybrid.
Opel claims that the new Corsa in particular will give Opel additional drive next year. The first generation of which made its premiere in 1982, is all-new and features an electric version for the first time., and Opel promises a competitive price. Their CEO Michael Lohscheller says: “The new Corsa will make electro-mobility affordable for many customers, it will be a real electric car for the people.”
And Opel says that the Grandland X plug-in hybrid is for customers who want more space and the feeling of an SUV. The hybrid propulsion system will develop the equivalent of up to 300 hp and comes along with an e-All Wheel Drive technology.
The all-new Vivaro midsize van will also be available as a battery electric vehicle in 2020; and the next-generation of the successful Mokka X sub-compact SUV, which goes into production in 2020, will also include a fully electrified version. “We are putting maximum effort into the electrification of our portfolio,” says Lohscheller.
Opel claims that it has always positioned itself as the brand that makes innovation available to everyone. This will remain a core element of the 120th anniversary of automobile production, which the German company will celebrate in 2019. It adds that throughout its history Opel has remained true to its ambition of producing high-quality cars as efficiently as possible and making them affordable for as many customers as possible.
In order to celebrate the 120th anniversary with its customers, Opel will add a “120 Years” special edition to the model range. The variant is currently offered by the German Brand on Crossland X, Astra and Corsa models initially, with Grandland X, Mokka X and Insignia to follow in Q1 2019. Pre-selling has just started in most markets. The “120 Year” versions will offer a variety of innovative technologies and design and comfort features as standard equipment, at what Opel says are especially attractive prices.