Image by Stellantis Group.
Image by Stellantis Group.
The Opel Corsa (badged Vauxhall in Europe where it is the top-seller currently) may not be at the top of the sales charts in South Africa anymore, but it still has a cult following. And for good reason, because it has nameplate heritage and it is an excellent affordable vehicle.
Now, thanks to newly electrified powertrains, updated styling and a rejigged interior, parent company Stellantis is showing it sees a future for supermini motoring when so many are turning to compact crossovers.
Cast an eye over these pictures and you’ll note the company’s “bold and pure” Vizor front end styling, which is seriously good looking. First debuted on the Mokka, it features a one-piece dark panel that sits between the optional IntelliLux anti-dazzle LED Pixel Matrix headlights. The black panel also has the useful task of housing the Opel Corsa’s suite of driver assistance systems.
You will also note updated 17-inch alloy wheels with black detailing and new Corse badging running along the tailgate. Very cool.
The Corsa’s central infotainment is largely borrowed from Peugeot Citroen being part of the Stellantis family, however, it has been upgraded with a new user interface and gets a larger 10-inch display that integrates seamlessly into the dash.
The 7-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver benefits from refreshed graphics. The Corsa features Over-the-Air updates, Connected 3D Navigation and Intelligent Voice Control, as you might expect from a new car.
You can say hello to wireless smartphone charging for the first time, too, and a high-res panoramic rear-view parking camera. The firm’s adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection means the latest Opel Corsa comes fully loaded. Not shabby for a humble hatchback.
As is the way with European emissions regulations, 48V mild-hybrid powertrains are commonplace throughout the range but regular petrol versions will be available, too, and the latter is likely to be the one destined for South Africa.
However, it is the upgraded Corsa Electric that is getting all the attention in the press. Where sold, there is an existing 101 kW EV version and this has been supplemented with a punchier 116 kW unit with a 51 kWh battery and claimed cruising range of 400 km – a 15% increase on the base offering.
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Recharging from zero to 100% takes in the region of five hours, while 100 kW rapid charging (where available) sees 80% charge added in roughly 30 minutes. Out of interest, a 7 kW home wallbox takes seven and a half hours to replenish the battery fully.
Opel is yet to confirm prices and availability for the new Corsa and Corsa Electric in South Africa, however, with some luck, we could hopefully see either one or both of them before the end of the year. Stay tuned for more info.