AUTOMAKER Opel launched the first model in its 2021 range of its latest Corsa range, the Edition, in January but now in showrooms is the remainder of the Corsa and Elegance ranges – historically, the sixth generation.
They variously share a 1.2 or 1.2 turbo engines – in South Africa, at least, along with a choice of five-speed manual or six-speed gearbox together offering reduced fuel-consumption and cleaner exhausts – ”more advanced and more dynamic than ever”, according to the automaker.
Helped by being among the lightest of cars – as little as 980kg – and what Opel claims is a range of ”best-in-class” safety and driver assistance systems. They also claim, after extensive wind-tunnel tests, to be among the most aerodynamic with a drag co-efficient of 0.29.
The low resistance was achieved, Opel says, by flat underbody panels and a rear roof-spoiler which support the output of the two engines: the new Corsa Elegance (96kW) can make 208km/h, the turbo version 110kW with the same top speed.
The cars will also offer a 180⁰ rear camera, lane-keeping, road-sign recognition, collision alert, pedestrian recognition and warning, and auto emergency braking. Infotainment equipment will variously include a 19cm touchscreen on Edition and Elegance models, a 19cm digital cluster on the Elegance, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity on the Elegance
Elegance models will include seat heating, diode headlights with auto high beam.
AND SO TO THE PRICES…
Opel Corsa – 1.2 55kW five-speed manual – R 274 900
Opel Corsa Edition – 1.2 55kW five-speed manual – R 294 900
Opel Corsa Elegance – 1.2 Turbo 96kW six-speed auto – R 386 900