Automobile Magazine | The new Opel Corsa revolutionizes the Opel strategy

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The frankly successful look of the new Corsa is in itself a pledge of success announced. The marriage with PSA makes us beautiful offspring.

But that's not all. It receives petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 55 kW (75 hp) to 96 kW (130 hp) and especially a 100% electric version.

330 km of autonomy announced

The Corsa-e has a battery of 50 kWh, a motor of 100 kW (136 hp) and offers a range of up to 330 kilometers (WLTP). This version even has a totally digital display.

Under the ton

And beyond the pace that suggests sportsmanship, like the driving position very close to the ground, the base of the Corsa benefits from a slimming cure since the lightest version goes down even under the bar of the ton . It benefits the electric version which, because of batteries, is always heavier than conventional versions.

A sporty look that reminds that in the PSA group, the dynamism of lines and a must. Who will complain about it?
A sporty look that reminds that in the PSA group, the dynamism of lines and a must. Who will complain about it?

Equipment…

The "small" Corsa features IntelliLux LED® anti-dazzle adaptive matrix lighting, which Opel says is the first time this type of equipment will be available on a city car.

Corsa also features the Sensor Side Detection Alert, the 180 degree panoramic rear view camera and the automatic parking assist; let's add systems such as front-fall alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control and Lane Keeping.

a lot of equipment!

The infotainment systems include Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi with 7.0-inch color touch screen and the high-end Multimedia Navi Pro with 10.0-inch color touch screen.

In addition, the Corsa also offers the new optional Opel Connect telematics service with informative navigation, direct link with assistance in case of breakdown, emergency call, etc.

This "competition-client" version planned for the ADAC e-Rallye cup 2020/2021 will be available at less than 50 000 €. Photo Opel
This "competition-client" version planned for the ADAC e-Rallye cup 2020/2021 will be available at less than 50 000 €. Photo Opel

World premiere: an electric rally version

We had read well: "Opel is the first car manufacturer in the world to offer a battery-powered all-electric vehicle for the rally customer competition". It was necessary to think about it … This electric competition car is based on the Opel Corsa-e and will be presented in world premiere at the International Motor Show of Frankfurt (opening to the public from 12 to 22 September).

These cars will participate in 2020 in the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, the world's first competition for electric cars. The new Opel Corsa-e now replaces the Adam in the rally events, it claims 100 kW (136 hp) and develops 260 Nm of torque.

It will be very close to the standard sedan. The improvements will go to the chassis, the ground connections or the weight of the car.

Detect young talents driving a Corsa R2

As a first step, the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup will take place during the rounds of the German Rally Championship and other selected events. They will be used to identify young talents who, after graduating from the Academy and the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, will move to the European Junior Rally Championship with the new Opel Corsa R2.

There will be a "classic" rally version of the new Corsa. Opel explains that "the integration of Opel into the PSA Group offers additional possibilities to the most promising talents: the Peugeot sister brand participates with powerful FIA R5 machines, while Citroën even has cars in WRC – a whole set great opportunities to reach the highest level of the international rally ".

Fifteen cars are planned for the ADAC Opel e-Rallye Cup 2020/2021. The price of the Opel Motorsport competition-client version will be well below € 50,000.

Georges Bosi



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