THE sixth generation of the Opel Corsa is in the fast lane! It looks snazzier and classier than ever before and is due to go on sale in Mzansi in 2020.
When it eventually arrives it’s destined to become a potent rival of the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and the new Peugeot 208.
The new Corsa conveys dynamics through its sporty design and roof line coupe appearance, which is 48mm lower than its predecessor.
In addition to its sporty aura, the driver apparently also sits 28mm lower than before.
Furthermore, Opel said the newcomer’s handling will be more responsive and will be a lot more fun to drive.
Although there’s obviously no indication yet which engines will make its way to Mzansi, the Corsa comes with the latest economical petrol and diesel engines that feature power outputs ranging from 55kW to 96kW.
Entry-level Corsas get a 1,2-litre 55kW petrol engine with an acclaimed combined fuel consumption of 4,1 litres/100km.
Higher performance is supplied by a 1,2-litre three-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged engine producing 74kW or 96kW.
The three petrol engines are joined by a lively 1,5-litre diesel with 75kW of power and maximum torque of 250Nm.
According to Opel, the new Corsa also gets a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, which is apparently a first in this segment.
In addition to the Corsa’s lively engines, the lightweight design also contributes to good driving dynamics.
The lighter version of the next generation model even undercuts the magical 1 000kg mark.
The five-door vehicle weighs only 980kg.
Safety is top priority too and there are numerous assistance systems, including front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection as standard.
Buyers will also be able to choose from four trim levels and apparently even the entry-level version has many technologies and comfort-enhancing extras.
Its modern cabin obviously gets state-of-the-art features such as a touch-screen multimedia system and other bells and whistles.