New Opel Corsa: longer, lower and above all, electric
After the DS3 Crossback E-Tense and the Peugeot e-208, the brand-new Opel Corsa is the third small hatchback in the PSA portfolio to get electrified.
Even though it shares its underpinnings with its aforementioned French cousins, the sixth-generation Corsa is still an Opel designwise. Underneath the bonnet of the electric model lies a 100kW e-motor linked to a 50kWh battery to get you 330km away from home (preliminary WLTP value). Charging at a DC station adds 250km in just 30 minutes, Opel claims. As to the warranty: the battery is covered for 8 years – its maker did not specify any mileage restrictions in the press release.
The new 208-derived Corsa is 5cm longer and equally 5cm lower than its predecessor, without detriment to headroom, Opel says. We do hope the seats of the new Corsa are as good as its predecessor's and not a copy of the previous 208's. We also hope Opel will continue offering AGR-certified front seats, which are highly recommended for those travelling long distances.
As to the dashboard: if you don’t like the Peugeot's iCockpit with the tiny steering wheel, then the Opel Corsa might be a great alternative. Its lay out is much more conventional, but the system is as connected and sophisticated as the 208's. The top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro with 10-inch colour touchscreen and advanced connectivity is worthy of a much more expensive car.
The Opel Corsa will be presented to the public at the IAA in Frankfurt in September. Orders are expected to open a bit sooner, with the first deliveries likely to happen in the first quarter of 2020.
Prices of the Corsa have not been announced yet. Neither have those of the Peugeot e-208. PSA does however communicate leasing rates for its e-208, which are lower than a comparable petrol model.