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Opel amends Corsa range – and drops the prices

  • Opel Corsa range revised ‘for better value”
  • More efficient 1.0 T engine for Essentia
  • Sport model takes role of halo model
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2017 OPEL CORSA: One model dropped, others retrimmed to cut prices. Image: Opel SA / Quickpic

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Opel says it has revised its Corsa range by improving specification for some models and reducing prices.

The changes are said to have followed intensive market research that polled 600 B-segment hatchback owners across South Africa and resulted in rationalisation of the range, dropping one model and changing specification on the others – some significantly.

“The most noteworthy revisions,” the automaker said, “come at the bottom of the price range. The Essentia is still best for affordability but gets a new one-litre, 66kW, three-cylinder, turbo engine hooked to a six-speed manual gearbox which should mean better fuel efficiency.”

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The engine is said to “punch above its weight” with 170Nm on call from 1700-3700rpm “to deliver great driveability”.

Fuel consumption is listed as 4.6 litres/100km.

This Essentia costs R200 600 but the radio/Bluetooth/USB/aircon option package lifts that to R210 600 – R4000 less on the showroom floor.

The middle models are two Enjoy models – six-speed manual or auto which is where, Opel says, the mechanical similarity ends though the manual has the 85kW turbo three-cylinder, the auto the 1.4 non-turbo four cylinder.

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Both enjoy the benefits of finessing the specification sheet and while front four-weather lights and diode daytime running lights disappear, both get IntelliLink infotainment system and tyre-pressure monitors.

Like the Essentia, key information is imparted by a new monochrome display cluster. Other changes include a bench rather than a 60/40 rear seat.

Pricing has been sharpened too and the manual comes down from R234 800 to R234 300 and the auto from R235 100 to R234 800.

MECHANICALLY UNCHANGED

Previous flagship honours were shared by the Corsa Sport and Corsa Cosmo but because of the large overlap in what they offered the latter has been discontinued and the Sport re-specced to provide the best of each derivative.

It remains mechanically unchanged – its 1.4-litre turbopetrol (110kW/220Nm) engine is said to provide efficient performance – but the interior has inherited the look-and-feel of the Cosmo, including the chromed beltline and door-release accents.

The shift towards luxury rather than outright sportiness is also reflected in the larger seats. A sunroof is also present.

There have been enhancements on the passive safety front too: as on the Enjoy models tyre pressure monitoring has been added, along with advanced park assist and side blind spot alert (which is optional on its Enjoy stablemates).

FLAGSHIP PRICE CUT, TOO

The flagship Corsa definitely remains at the cutting edge of safety technology, yet more is less – the price has come down from R276 200 to R275 600.

The Corsa range also impresses with its long-term ownership appeal, featuring a five-year or 120 000km warranty and three-year or 60 000km service plan.

2017 Opel Corsa prices

Corsa 1.0T Essentia – R200 600
Corsa 1.0T Enjoy – R234 300
Corsa 1.4 Enjoy Auto – R234 800
Corsa 1.4T Sport – R275 600

Option Packs:
Essentia: Option Pack 1 (R210 600 down from R214 000): aircon, radio/CD/BT/USB/AUX, steering-wheel controls
Essentia: Option Pack 2 (R214 600 down from R219 600): aircon, IntelliLink Infotainment, steering-wheel audio controls.
Enjoy: Option Pack 1 (R239 800 for a/t, R239 300 manual) – hands-free parking, side blind spot alert, front and rear parking radar.

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