Opel’s New 2019 Corsa – Small no Longer means Little

Published on 01st July 2019 at 11:33


Opel has announced the sixth-generation the Corsa with combustion engines, just weeks after presenting the battery-electric version. It will arrive in showrooms in December.


The new five-door Corsa is 4.06-metre-long, is lighter by some ten-percent than the previous, and will feature a range of engines with power outputs from 75hp to 130hp, with the gearbox menu topped by the eight-speed, paddle-shift automatic transmission. It will come with numerous assistance systems that include, front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection as standard.


The 55kW (75hp) entry-level engine is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.


With the 74kW (100hp) unit, customers can choose from a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Adaptive shift programmes and Quickshift-technology allow drivers shift gears themselves via the paddles at the steering wheel.


The top-of-the-line Corsa, 130hp, 1.2 Direct Injection Turbo comes only with the eight-speed automatic transmission.


The three petrol engines are joined by a lively 1.5-litre diesel with 102hp and 250Nm of torque.


Fans of electric-mobility can order the Corsa-e. Thanks to the common modular platform (CMP), various powertrains can be offered on one platform.


The roof line is coupé-like, 48mm lower than the predecessor’s, without detriment to headroom for the driver and front passenger. 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.


In the new Corsa, Opel offers technologies and assistance systems that customers otherwise only know from higher vehicle classes. A real highlight is the adaptive glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix light, which Opel is making widely available for the first time in the small car segment. The eight LED elements are controlled by a high-resolution front camera of the latest generation and automatically and continuously adapt the light beam to the respective traffic situation and surroundings.


State-of-the-art assistance systems such as traffic sign recognition or the radar-based automatic cruise control, as well as the sensor-controlled flank protection, offer a helpful safety bonus. The latter warns if the sides of the car risk making contact with obstacles (e.g. posts, walls) during manoeuvres at less than 10km/h.


There are also systems such as side blind-spot assist and various parking aids, from park pilot to 180-degree panorama rear view camera. Lane keep assist is also making its Corsa-debut. If the system detects an unintended lane-change it alerts the driver with a flashing signal and a nudge of corrective steering.


Corsa drivers and passengers are well connected and entertained with the new range of infotainment systems comprising Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen and the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro with 10.0-inch colour touch screen.


In addition, the Corsa also offers the new telematics service "Opel Connect" as option. Live navigation with real-time traffic information and current fuel prices, plus a direct link to breakdown assistance and emergency calls make journeys even more relaxing for drivers and passengers.