Saturday 25 May 2019
Sixth-generation Opel Corsa goes electric
Opel goes electric. With the all-new, sixth generation Corsa, the German carmaker is offering for the first time a battery-electric version.
Opel has chosen the brand’s most popular model - more than 13.6 million units have been produced since the world premiere in 1982 - to finally bring electric mobility out of its niche-existence.
The order books for the sixth-generation Corsa will open in a few weeks, beginning with the Corsa-e, followed by the Diesel and petrol versions.
With a range of 330 km according to WLTP, the five-seat Corsa-e is suitable for unconstrained every-day use. The 50 kWh battery can be fast-charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in 30 minutes. The Corsa-e is prepared for all charging options – via cable, wallbox or high-speed charging – and the battery is covered by an eight-year warranty. The state-of-charge can be checked with the “myOpel” app, so that charging times and costs can be optimized at all times. Furthermore, the range can be adapted by the driver, who can choose from three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. Sport increases responsiveness and driving dynamics, with a moderate loss of driving range.
In Eco mode the Corsa-e significantly increasing the range while hardly affecting comfort. The Corsa-e’s propulsion system combines emission-free driving with a maximum “fun-to-drive” factor.
Thanks to the 100 kW/136 hp power output and a maximum 260 Nm of torque, the highlights include responsiveness, agility and dynamic performance. The Corsa-e needs 8.1 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 km/h.
The Corsa-e also looks dynamic thanks to its sporty design, while the compact exterior dimensions of previous generations are retained. With a length of 4.06 metres the Corsa remains an agile, practical and well-arranged five-seater. The roof line is coupé-like, 48mm lower than its predecessor’s, without detriment to headroom. The driver sits 28mm lower. Handling and driving dynamics benefit from the lower centre of gravity. The handling is responsive and dynamic, for more fun behind the steering wheel. The modern interior with fully digitalised cockpit can even be upgraded with leather seats (available as otpional).
Technologies and assistance systems that are more often found in higher market segments make their debut in the Corsa-e. The top features include the adaptive, glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix light that Opel offers for the first time in the small car segment. Advanced driver assistance systems provide tangible additional safety. Thanks to the new front camera traffic sign recognition now detects additional information, such as LED signs. The speed limits saved in the system are also shown in the display.
Radar supported adaptive speed control and sensor-based flank-guard celebrate their premiere in the new Corsa. Side blind-spot assist and a variety of parking assistants are also available.
New infotainment systems keep the new Corsa’s drivers and passenger fully connected. The Multimedia Navi with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, as well as the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro with 10.0-inch colour touchscreen, also offer the new “Opel Connect” telematics service. Helpful functions, such as Live Navigation with real-time traffic information, as well as direct connection with roadside assistance and emergency call, give additional peace of mind to drivers and passengers.