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After 40 years of production, Opel’s Corsa nameplate has moved with the times, and the latest in the line-up of the automaker’s model that’s often an entry into the Opel brand, we’re greeted with not only the regular Corsa but also the model aiming at the future – the Corsa-e. This newer-shape, 6th generation Opel Corsa was premiered at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show, adding new flavour to the fans of the brand, and there are many, this specific nameplate has racked up in excess of 14.5 million units sold. In the tough-fought new car sphere, both guises of this new Corsa has done very well on the awards front by winning the Golden Steering Wheel 2020 with the Corsa-e1, it was named Autobest’s Best Buy Car of Europe 2020, the Connected Car Award in 2019” and the Company Car of The Year award for 2019. With accolades like this it makes sense that the Opel Corsa was the best-selling small car in Germany in 2021 as well as the first half of 2022

Even being the entry in to the brand, the engines on offer are pretty good. These cars aren’t all about performance though, as the above awards allude. The Opel Corsa and Corsa-e feature especially economical petrol and diesel power units from ranging from a wee 55 kW up to 96 kW and these make use of either a 5-speed and 6-speed manual or an 8-speed auto, a first for the Corsa. The Corsa-e features 50 kWh battery pack that affords the car a 353-kilometre range, and a decent 80% of that can be achieved with a mere 30-minute charge. This one is rated at 100 kW with 260 Nm, and that equates to a 0-100 km/h of 8.7-seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 150 km/h. As said, it’s not about performance so no records are going to be broken any time soon, but the ICE versions will no doubt end up under the modifying knife thanks to the younger target market. Although we’ve seen loads of studies that show millennials and younger aren’t as interested in cars as they used to be. This explains the temptation that Opel presented with that very tasty bagged plug-in Opel Astra we showed you a while back

Even entering the brand at this lower level sees a surprising amount of tech and features included. The new Corsa range features assistance systems, an impressive infotainment and connectivity setup and some very clever adaptive IntelliLux LED matrix headlights found for the first time in this small car segment. When you add the optional Alcantara seats, it makes for a very cool cabin. The new Opel Corsa range kicks off pricing with an entry tag of roughly R310 000, and the Corsa-e looks like it will be had for roughly R586 000 depending on the taxes and things if Opel SA decide to bring it in.

Take a look at the YouTube video from a while back that shows some of the cool things about the new Corsa-e, you'll see why it's as popular as it is, now we wait for a new Corsa under the newly announced GSe nameplate relaunch: New Opel Corsa-e. Electric small car. Full of Fun! | Opel

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