Opel/Vauxhall Corsa-e – 6th-gen hatch goes electric

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Opel has revealed the sixth-generation Corsa, which will be wearing Vauxhall badges in the UK as before. The new Corsa will be available in electric form for the first time, and the car shown here is the Corsa-e.

Now under the PSA Group alongside Peugeot, Citroen and DS, Opel/Vauxhall’s B-segment hatchback is underpinned by the French group’s CMP platform, as used by the recently-launched Peugeot 208. The Corsa will share powertrain options with the Peugeot; likewise, the Corsa-e uses the same internals as the e-208 EV.

The Corsa-e will have a 50 kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes. Charging can be done via cable, wallbox or high-speed charging – and the battery is covered by an eight-year warranty. Battery levels can be checked with the “myOpel” app.

Motor power output is 135 hp (100 kW) and 260 Nm, and the range one gets from a full charge is 330 km according to the latest WLTP standards (provisional figure).

Unlike many EV press releases, this one claims “fun-to-drive” as one of the Corsa-e’s values. “The Corsa-e’s propulsion system combines emission-free driving with a maximum fun-to-drive factor. The highlights include responsiveness, agility and dynamic performance,” Opel says, pointing out that their EV’s 0-50 km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 8.1s) is a match for sports cars.

The compact footprint of previous Corsas has been retained. The new one is 4.06 metres long and its roof line is described as “coupe-like”, being 48 mm lower than its predecessor without detriment to headroom. The driver sits 28 mm lower, and Opel touts a low centre of gravity that benefits handling and dynamics. There are three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sport.

Tech highlights include IntelliLux LED Matrix lights, which aren’t common in this segment. The adaptive, glare-free lights contain eight LED elements controlled by a high-res front camera, which continuously adapts the light beam to traffic and surroundings.

In the advanced driver assistance systems department, the new front camera traffic sign recognition now detects additional information, such as LED signs. Radar supported adaptive speed control and a sensor-based flank-guard make their debut in the Corsa.

Order books for the all-new model will open in a few weeks, beginning with the Corsa-e, followed by the diesel and petrol versions. Check out the Corsa-e’s Peugeot sister here.




Opel/Vauxhall Corsa-e – 6th-gen hatch goes electric