Paving the way for the world première of its bestseller model at the 2014 “Mondial de l’Automobile” in Paris (October 4 to 19), German automaker Opel recently revealed the all-new Opel Corsa, which will start rolling off the assembly lines in Zaragoza (Spain) and Eisenach (Germany) before the end of this year.
With the fifth generation Corsa, Opel is promising a new driving experience in the small-car (supermini, subcompact) B-segment market by raising the bar with the new chassis, engines, gearboxes, advanced driver assistance systems and interior with IntelliLink infotainment technology.
12 million unitsAcross four Opel Corsa generations, almost 12 million Corsa units have been sold in Europe, with an average yearly sales figure of 370,000 units. The current fourth generation sales reached 2.8 million units, in both five- and three-door body formats.
ExteriorThe new Corsa's bold face is characterized by Opel’s signature “wing” LED daytime running lights and the low trapezoidal grille, with the "smiling" bar (Opel describes its as "dynamic") supporting the brand's emblem.
The body sides feature Opel’s dynamic “blade” body signature, while at the rear end, the wide horizontal split tail lights visually widen the car and flow through to the rear shoulders.
InteriorThe cabin of the new Corsa is organized around the driver's control center whose instrument panel fascia is designed around horizontal lines to enhance the feel of spaciousness.
The IntelliLink system’s 7-inch color touchscreen is located on the center stack, close to the gear shift, and the new infotainment system is compatible with Apple and Android devices and can be operated by voice command. Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free can also be used. Several apps are available such as BringGo for navigation, as well as Stitcher and TuneIn for internet radio and podcasts, and there is a FlexDock parking and charging station for smartphones.
Driver assistanceThe 5th-gen. Corsa introduces new driver assistance systems. Available in Opel's subcompact for the first time are the bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light, the Side Blind Spot Alert, the Opel Eye front camera with Road Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Warning.
The Forward Collision Alert uses a red, head-up warning that is projected into the windscreen. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is also provided with the new Corsa.
Driving practicality and comfort are also improved by the Advanced Park Assist that automatically steers during parking maneuvers, as well as by the Rear View Camera and the Hill Start Assist. The steering wheel, front seats and now the windshield can all be heated, and the new Corsa will also be optionally available with the FlexFix bicycle carrier, which is exclusively offered by Opel.
ChassisOpel says that the new chassis does not inherit a single component from the current Corsa, explaining that straight line and cornering stability is increased thanks to a 5 millimeter lower center of gravity, a stiffer sub-frame, a new suspension geometry including a new front knuckle. Roll behavior, steering response and understeer characteristics are all improved according to the brand, while new damping characteristics should also give the fifth-generation Corsa better filtration of disturbances from potholes and uneven road surfaces.
Opel indicates that the development of a completely new electrical architecture for the fifth generation Corsa enables a more sophisticated level of interaction between its various systems. Together with a new steering geometry and steering software calibration, this enhanced system benefits the new, speed-sensitive electric power steering, adding more precision to its response and improving both driving pleasure and comfort. This new standard feature in all Corsa models reduces steering effort at low speeds, with the City mode easily activated at the press of a button.
As for the current Corsa, customers can choose between two chassis set-ups, Comfort and Sport. The Sport chassis has stiffer springs and shock absorbers as well as a specific steering geometry and calibration for a more direct response.
EnginesUnder the hood of the “Corsa E” of the fifth generation comes Opel’s newly-developed three-cylinder, 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection (gasoline, petrol) Turbo, which the automaker claims is the only 1,0-liter three-cylinder production engine with a balance shaft, for better driving comfort and reduction of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
Fitted with standard Start/Stop technology, the compact, all-aluminum 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo is available in two output configurations of 66 kW/90 hp (89 bhp) or 85 kW/116 hp (114 bhp). Both meet Euro 6 emission standards and provide 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft, 17.3 kg-m) from 1,800 rpm.
The other gasoline powertrain line-up of the new Corsa includes the new 74 kW/100 hp (99 bhp) 1.4-liter turbo engine with 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft, 20.4 kg-m) maximum torque, as well as the further developed, Euro 6 compliant 1.2 and 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated units.
On the diesel side, the revised and now also Euro 6 compliant 1.3 CDTI engines with 55 kW/75 hp (74 bhp) and 70 kW/95 hp (94 bhp) expand the Corsa offer. At launch, the most frugal Corsa version – with 70 kW/95 hp, 5-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop – emits 89 g/km CO2 (143 g/mile). Additional low emission variants will follow from next spring.
TransmissionsBoth versions of the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo are mated to an all-new, compact six-speed manual gearbox, with better efficiency, thanks to low friction design and a precise shift feel. Opel also offers its newest-generation six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the completely new Easytronic 3.0 automated manual transmission, combining the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual.
Market-specific prices, versions and available options will be available closer to launch date. Continue to "the five Opel Corsa generations since 1982".