After 8 years of good and loyal service, the fourth generation of the Opel Corsa gives way to a brand-new version. the current Opel Corsa could benefit from a major facelift consisting of making it adopt the Vizor, the new identity of the Blitz.
First model of the PSA era
the sixth generation of the Opel Corsa progresses in all areas. It's a habit at Opel, before each launch of a new vehicle, a few journalists are invited to a short drive. The goal, to give their feelings before the final adjustments prior to the production of the car.
Important feedback for engineers, especially when it comes to a model as important as the new Corsa. With its 13.6 million units sold worldwide since 1982, the versatile city car is fundamental for the German brand.
By its figures first, it represents 23% of the manufacturer's sales, but also since it is the first real model since the takeover of Opel by the PSA group in 2017, the Crossland X and Grandland X having been technical partnerships.
More discreet changes on board
If the facies are unrecognizable, the profile remains very close to that of the current model: for a simple restyling, it is almost inevitable. It also remains to be seen whether the dashboard will also be inspired by that of the Mokka, characterized by its two large juxtaposed screens.
The Opel Corsa would adopt a black bonnet to identify its full-electric variant, named Corsa-e. Unlike the Crossland and Grandland, it should escape the development of a brand-new stamped bonnet to review only the part housed downstream of this opening, in order to adapt to the horizontal lines of a Vizor housing new optics. There's enough space to tuck your feet under the front seats, and the scooped backrests increase knee surface. Cargo volume has increased from 370 to 422 liters from one generation to the next. The wide enough opening facilitates loading. The Astra even has a double boot floor.
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Exterior and design of the Opel Corsa
The least we can say is that this Opel Corsa has evolved a lot compared to the previous generation, with very conventional lines, by adopting here a neater style, with an assertive character. The lines are indeed becoming more Latin, but above all much more dynamic, an essential development so that it can make a real place for itself on the market. At the front, the look therefore gains in aggressiveness, thanks to the angular optics, surrounding a grille crossed by a thin chrome strip. Lower, the shield is sportier, with its fog lamps resembling air intakes from afar. At the rear too, the city car has evolved considerably, with a light signature benefiting in particular from a new pencil stroke, as has the tailgate. Nevertheless, the dimensions remain more or less the same as the old one, with a length of 4.06 meters, or 4 centimeters more than before. On the other hand, the car loses 5 centimeters in height, while the dynamism is increased by the short overhangs.
A profile view, the city car is also very beautiful, with its dynamic sides and its slightly marked fenders, all highlighted by an optional floating roof, which is then adorned with black to make the whole more refined. Visually, Fans of a sporty style will more readily turn to the GS version, delivered as standard with the Sport Line pack. This includes many specific elements, including the front and rear bumpers, the chrome exhaust outlet (two on the 130-horsepower version) as well as the LED fog lamps. In addition, if our test model is dressed in a very sober shade, namely Moonlight gray, it is obviously possible to opt for more fun colors. There is also a choice of six styles of rims for the thermal version and two for the electric.
Lots of technological equipment
This Opel Corsa is actually very versatile and can easily accompany you on longer journeys, thanks to its many technological equipment delivered as standard. These include speed limiter/controller, lane keeping assist, anti-drowsiness alert and traffic sign recognition. A complete arsenal which is part of the standard endowment and which therefore allows the city car to place itself at the level of the stars of the segment and thus gain a few places in the ranking of the best-selling models. In addition, note also the great sobriety of the small German, which displays an average consumption of only 4.2 liters in the combined cycle. A real asset for the city car, which also escapes the ecological penalty, with its emissions of between 96 and 98 g/km.