2020 Opel Corsa unveiled in electric form

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Opel has revealed the all-new Corsa light hatch, in electric ‘Corsa-e’ guise.


The sixth-generation of the popular city car is now based on PSA’s CMP architecture, also used by the Peugeot 208 and DS 3 Crossback.

Visually, the Corsa debuts a revised design language for the Opel brand. Up front there’s a slim patterned grille flanked by adaptive LED headlights, while at the rear there’s a sporty roof spoiler, sharp taillights and a protruding Opel badge.

The new hatch is similar in size to the outgoing, GM-based car, at 4.06m long. Height has reduced by 48mm though, to 1431mm.


Inside, the cabin is all new. The old GM MyLink infotainment screen has been replaced by a new PSA unit, measuring 7.0 inches in size on base cars and 10 icnches on top-spec models. Other features include a digital instrument cluster, slim climate controls, leather seats and a leather-wrapped electronic shifter.

Opel has opted to debut the Corsa in electric ‘e’ guise. It’s powered by the same drivetrain as the related Peugeot e-208, meaning a 50kWh lithium-ion battery that drives the front wheels through a 100kW/260Nm electric motor.


Drive carefully and you’ll get around 330km of range (according to the WLTP cycle) – though, put your foot down, and you’ll sprint from 0-50km/h in 2.8 seconds, and do 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds. The Corsa-e can charge from 0 to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using a DC fast charger.

Petrol and diesel powered Corsas will debut at the Frankfurt motor show, driven by a trio of 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder petrols producing 56-97kW, or a 1.5-litre diesel with 74kW. Stay tuned to Redline for the reveal of those models.

The 2020 Opel Corsa-e is set to make its debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show, ahead of an on-sale debut by the end of the year.


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