2019 will be a busy year in the city car market. In the shadows of the French, Renault Clio and Peugeot 208, a European star intends to come play the holiday troubles during this busy season: the Opel Corsa. This is the sixth generation, the first to be born after the acquisition of Opel by the PSA group in 2017.
Technical twin of the Peugeot 208 (right), the new Corsa, however, has a personality of its own.
For the anecdote, the development of this new generation had already been started by the former owners of the brand, namely the GM group (General Motors). When PSA looked at the project, the group simply dumped the project by asking Opel to start from scratch. Not so white, since this new Corsa shares a vast majority of its components with the Peugeot 208 and Citroën C3.
This GS Line version sports a dual exhaust, 17 '' wheels, a bequet and a two-tone paint.
The French group has thus opened to the German firm its know-how, its technologies and its production sites (Zaragoza) to return to the Corsa all the honors due to its rank of city dweller. Indeed, in nearly 40 years of career, the Corsa has attracted 13.6 million customers and enjoys a great deal of sympathy thanks to its attractive rates.
The Corsa F is its code name, so is built on the same platform (CMP) as the new Peugeot 208. It displays the same odds (4, 06 m) but difficult to guess at first glance his style is different. Indeed, Opel designers have managed to give a breath of fresh air to the city while retaining the DNA of the brand. At the front, we find projectors close to the old one but unlike the latter can receive Matrix LED technology that provides much better lighting. A first in the category. Other distinctive features include ribs placed on a flat bonnet, flanks and a shark fin drawn on the rear pillar that contrasts with the black roof on the high-end versions. In the end, we have before us an elegant and balanced car, which can boast of offering a personality very different from its cousin
This new Corsa is more compact than the 208 with a lower height of 5 cm which changes its proportions compared to the current one. This impacts the roof guard despite a slightly lowered seat height. This combined with a small glazed area gives a slight feeling of sinking. In the field of livability, the German is placed in the middle of the segment with enough room in the back for two adults and a safe now correct. The volume is increasing by 30 liters to 309 liters. Like its cousin, it is now exclusively produced in 5 doors.
The metamorphosis continues inside with a completely redesigned cabin. The dashboard is very sober in its design and layout compared to that of the Peugeot 208. However, the whole is well finished, including flexible materials that cover the upper part, and especially ergonomic. In particular, Opel enhanced the multimedia display (up to 10 "depending on the finish) and kept physical comfort (ventilation, temperature) controls. Digital instrumentation is also appearing on the high versions (spring 2020) but the Corsa leaves the 3D display to the Peugeot. The storage space is plentiful, including a large central location, a large glove compartment and cup holders placed behind the gearshift.
The Corsa certainly does not display the status of the 208, but it has not been set aside for technology. As a bonus for matrix lights, it can benefit from blind spot monitoring, panel reading, induction smartphone charging and active cruise control.
So far the biggest defect of the Corsa was its weight. The German was an anvil. Thanks to PSA, she benefits from a slimming cure, about one hundred kilos, which will undoubtedly benefit the efficiency as well as the road behavior. In this regard, it joins the services of all PSA engines, petrol, diesel and electric.
The range will be essentially based on gasoline with an entry-level 75-hp 3-cylinder engine. Two supercharged versions will ensure the heart of range (100 and 130 hp). The 1.2 100 hp will be available in either manual or automatic transmission and the 130 hp exclusively with the 8-speed automatic transmission (EAT). A single 100 hp (1.5) diesel engine will be available. It has one of the lowest consumption levels on the market, with 3.2 l / 100 km announced in the combined cycle. In addition to the classic thermal engines, the little German will have a 100% electric version Corsa-e. With a power of 136 hp it has a battery of 50 kWh which allows a field of action of 330 km, according to the WLTP cycle.
The new Corsa is also marketed in a 100% electric version. It offers a range of 330 km (WLTP).
Opel has a city car that we like: elegant, practical and attractive. Orders for the Corsa are already open, with a call price of € 14,600 with the small gasoline engine of 75 hp. Diesel will be offered from € 20,200 and the electric will be available € 31,950. The new Opel Corsa will make its first public appearance at the next Frankfurt Motor Show.
Rates, equipment, engines
Corsa : six airbags, front anti-collision warning, cruise control / speed limiter, reading signs, lane assist, 60/40 seat, centralized remote control lock, electric and defrost exterior mirrors, 5 inch touch screen radio, electric front window …
Edition : manual air conditioning, electric handbrake on BVA.
Elegance : rain sensor, automatic headlight ignition, LED fog lights, 16 inch rims, full LED headlamps with high beam assistant, 7 inch touch screen radio with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, electric rear windows …
GS Line : specific shields, alloy sport pedals, sport driving mode …
– 1.2 75 ch> Corsa: 14 600 €, Edition: 15 400 €.
– 1.2 100 hp> Edition: € 16,800, Elegance: € 19,200, GS Line: € 19,400. BVA8: + € 1,700.
– 1.2 130 hp BVA8> GS Line: 22 100 €.
– 1.5 100 ch> Edition: € 18,600, Elegance: € 21,000, GS Line: € 21,200.
– 100 kW> Selection: € 29,900, Edition: € 30,650, First Edition: € 33,250.