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Opel Corsa-e (2019): prices, range, equipment, data

Opel Corsa-e (2020)
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D u need a few seconds to write the new Corsa to cope with. The leap is huge - visually and technically. The influence from Detroit has not only been good for the little Opel in the past. The small car had to become longer, higher and, above all, wedge-shaped. Not an easy time for Opel designers like Friedhelm Engler. When he speaks of the sixth Corsa generation, which is almost five centimeters flatter than its predecessor, then it is also about the ballast that went overboard with the change of ownership to the PSA group (Peugeot, Citroën, DS). p>

And that with the weight can actually be measured. The Opel engineers saved around 100 kilograms when switching to the CMP platform. This is a huge step, especially in the fight for lower CO2 values ​​and consumption.

Electric drive? Yes, too!

Electric motor at the front, the battery modules in the vehicle floor: the new Opel Corsa-e. Because it is also available with gasoline and diesel engines, it is also a front-wheel drive electric model.

But flexibility is almost even more important, which CMP makes possible for the drive. The Corsa can of course be gasoline and diesel, but also electric. And that without compromises, which Opel engineers had to make with the Kadett Impuls 1 prototype from 1990. It went 103 kilometers, but the lead-acid batteries (13.6 kWh) were extremely sensitive and not very durable. The 18 battery modules of the Corsa-e are not simply installed in one piece in the vehicle floor, but are distributed under the front and rear seats. Advantage: A kind of 'foot garage' for the passengers in the rear, who sit comfortably low, and a wonderful oneflat small car (1.43 meters) that does not grow into the sky by the height of the batteries.

Range? 337 kilometers to WLTP

The electric Corsa comes with a digital cockpit on request, relies on touch controls and buttons.

The 50 kilowatt-hour battery pack in the underbody weighs around 450 kg. Its lithium-ion cells come from the Chinese supplier CATL. Siemens contributes the 136 hp electric motor on the front axle. Opel offers an eight-year guarantee on the battery. The e-machine mobilizes a maximum torque of 260 Newton meters and should accelerate the Corsa-e to 50 km /h in just 2.8 seconds and to 100 km /h in a respectable 8.1 seconds. Opel specifies the maximum range according to the WLTP cycle with 337 kilometers, so in real operation it should be around 300 kilometers. If the end of the power is in sight, the battery on the fast charger can be charged to 80 percent in around 30 minutes, the possible charging power is 100 kW. For comparison: The VW ID.3 creates only marginally more with 125 kW.

The driver can choose between three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. Sport should only limit the range moderately, while it is maximized in Eco without loss of comfort.

Production? All together in Saragossa

Thorsten Weigl /Opel
LED lights are standard, and optionally the Corsa even brings the smart matrix light into the small car segment

Exciting about the Corsa platform, theThe new Peugeot 208 also uses, besides the flexibility of the drives, the fact that all models can be built on one production line. Means: The Corsa-e is produced in Saragossa, Spain, on the same line as the types with combustion engines. 'The integrated solution allows us to react flexibly to production peaks,' explains Frank Jordan, who is responsible for advance development and the topic of electric mobility at Opel.

Interior? Opel does not rely on i-Cockpit

Thorsten Weigl /Opel
The Corsa-e can manage up to 100 kW on the fast charger, then 80 percent range is possible in 30 minutes.

How fundamentally the developers have turned the Corsa inside out can be seen in the interior. Despite the technical similarity to the Peugeot 208, the Opel can go its own way with the cockpit. 'In the PSA Group, great importance is attached to the fact that the individual products clearly differ from one another - despite shared platforms,' ​​explains designer Engler. That is why in the Corsa, instead of the small, low-level steering wheel in the Peugeot i cockpit, there is a normal valance, a center console oriented towards the driver, classic ergonomics and an otherwise delicately slim dashboard. Only the selector lever and one or the other switch can also be found in other group models.

The interior looks very airy, despite the flatter body and the practically unchanged width, people over 1.80 meters can also get under . The trunk now even holds 309 instead of 285 liters.

As befits an electric car, the Corsa-e is available with a fully digital cockpit on request, with a seven-inch display replacing the classic round instruments. Right next door, the 10-inch touchscreen forms the digital command center. In addition, the Corsa-e comes with automatic air conditioning as standard - good for the passengers, but especially for the batteries. Because in the fast charging mode, the large air conditioning compressor also takes over the thermal management of the liquid-cooled battery cells. For a surcharge there is also a heat pump that makes the air conditioning of the interior even more efficient.

Charging? Up to85,000 charging points in Europe

New is the Opel Connect telematics service, which fills the gap from OnStar, which has no longer been available since Opel left the GM group. The scope of services includes live navigation with real-time traffic information, vehicle data retrieval via app and a direct connection to breakdown assistance and emergency calls. On long-haul routes, Corsa-e customers have the option of using a charging pass with access to more than 85,000 charging points in Europe through PSA partner Free2Move Services. From the Edition trim level, there is also an 11 kW on-board charger in the car.

Safe? Safe!

For the first time, matrix LED headlights that block out oncoming traffic are included in the surcharge list as safety equipment. There is also traffic sign recognition. New are a blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, sensor-controlled side protection, emergency braking systems and parking aids.

It starts at 29,900 euros

The price is still the Achilles' heel of every electric car, but at 29,900 euros the current Corsa remains below the 30,000 mark. Initially, the introductory model First Edition was available for this sum. In its place now comes the equally expensive Basic Version Selection. If you subtract the 6,000 euros electric car subsidy, things slowly get exciting and the Opel Corsa-e ends up at 23,330 euros.

The Opel Corsa-e Edition is now located above the Selection model . Above this are the comfort-oriented Elegance variant, which for 32,395 or funded 25,825 euros comes with aluminum wheels, leather steering wheel, rear electric windows, full LED headlights and leather-fabric upholstery for the seats. With 16-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, aluminum pedals, a black headliner and specific bumpers, Opel has developed the Corsa-e in the GS line in a more dynamic direction. Cost point here: 32,895 or 26,325 euros.

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