Meet Opel’s all-new sixth-generation Corsa supermini, now available as a battery-electric variant for the very first time. Dubbed the Corsa-e, this electrified model can offer a zero-emission driving range of 330 km (205 miles), per WLTP standards.
Order books for the new Corsa are set to open “in a few weeks”, beginning with the Corsa-e and followed by the diesel and petrol versions. Here however, we’ll only be discussing the electrified model.
Punchy and eco-friendly
The Corsa-e is fully electric and features a 50 kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80% of its total capacity in just 30 minutes. Owners can do so either via cable, wall box or a high-speed charger. Meanwhile, the state of charge can be monitored with the myOpel app.
Power output is rated at 100 kW (134 HP / 136 PS) and 260 Nm (191 lb-ft) of instantaneous peak torque. This means that the Corsa-e can sprint from zero to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.8 seconds and needs 8.1 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph).
Once in transit, the driver can choose between three different driving modes in Normal, Eco and Sport, the latter increasing responsiveness and driving dynamics, while Eco mode focuses on boosting the range.
The Corsa-e, just like any other all-new Corsa model, features a dynamic design while retaining the previous-generation’s exterior dimensions. Overall length is 4.06 meters (13.3 feet), while the coupe-like roofline stands 48 mm (1.88 inches) lower than that of its predecessor. The driver also sits lower by 28 mm (1.1 inches), and if that’s not enough of an improvement, know that you can also spec the interior with leather seats for a more premium feel.
Speaking of the interior, there is a new Multimedia Navi infotainment system embedded within the 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, although a bigger 10-inch screen is available if you opt for the Multimedia Navi Pro setup. With it you can access helpful functions such as real-time traffic information as well as direct connection with roadside assistance.
What else is new?
The Corsa-e can be equipped with glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix headlights, which Opel says are a segment-first option. A new high-res camera controls eight LED elements, continuously adapting the light beam to the current traffic situation and the car’s surroundings.
Meanwhile, advanced driver assistance systems provide additional peace of mind. You get traffic sign recognition, alerts concerning speed limits, radar-guided Adaptive Speed Control and sensor-based Flank-Guard – the latter two are brand new for the Corsa. Last but not least, there is side blind-spot assist and a variety of parking assistants.