New Opel Corsa Tries To Make Everyone Happy With Petrol, Diesel And Full Electric Offerings

You know the European car industry is serious about the switch to electrification when even a mainstream model like the Opel / Vauxhall Corsa comes in an all-electric version right from launch.

The 2020 Corsa-e electric supermini and the regular sixth-generation Corsa are without a doubt the highlights of Opel’s stand at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Sharing the platform and electric drivetrain with the Peugeot e-208, the Opel / Vauxhall Corsa-e packs a 50-kWh battery pack that feeds a 100 kW (136 PS / 134 hp) electric motor driving the front wheels. The first-ever mass-produced electric Corsa offers a range of up to 330 km (205 miles) as per WLTP as well as multiple charging options.

2020 Opel Corsa-e

The quickest way is via a 100 kW fast charging: it takes less than 30 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent capacity using a 100 kW DC charging station. Prices for the Corsa-e in Germany start from €29,900 while UK customers can have it from £26,490, including the Government £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant.

Also read: Opel Debuts The Corsa-e Rally Concept In Frankfurt

The rest of the Corsa lineup remains more conservative, offering four internal combustion engines. There are three 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline units with 75 PS (74 hp), 100 PS (99 hp) and 130 PS (128 hp), respectively, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 102 PS (101 hp).

2020 Opel Corsa

Transmission choices include five- and six-speed manual gearboxes for the base gasoline engines and the diesel, as well as an eight-speed auto for the top 130 PS 1.2-liter turbo petrol.

For the moment, the Corsa-e cannot compete with the regular Corsa when it comes to pricing as the base 75 PS (74 hp) 1.2-liter model starts at €13,990 in Germany and £15,550 in the UK — roughly half the price of the all-electric version.

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  • EyalN

    The orange Corsa from 1982 was made by GM, the new one by peugeot, the one from last year was using fiat parts

    • Thutmosis Ankhra

      GM had nothing to do with Corsa 1982.
      You can’t say that because Fiat and Opel shared 50/50 during the technical development work, no one can say that anyone used someone’s parts.

      • Adam

        GM bought Opel in 1929 and sold it in 2017. Of course GM had something to do with the 1982 model Corsa, it was made when they owned Opel.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    But for a decent automatic u r looking at nearly £24k
    Top of the range Clio auto is £20
    Top of the range 208 auto GT Line £22k ish

    I don’t get PSA’s pricing strategy with the new generation corsa that doesn’t show off the new company face! The new Mokka will be the first car to have the new face this Corsa is just a stop gap face

    • Matt

      True, and for that price premium I would expect a slightly better interior too. The Corsa looks a bit too cost-cuttish, the Clio and 208 interior are much more premium looking.

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