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German supermini adopts latest drivetrain technology in Stellantis parts box with new styling cues
The sixth generation of the Opel Corsa has been on the market since 2019 as the automaker’s first model to use Stellantis foundations. Four years later, it’s finally time for the super mini’s mid-cycle update, with the Opel Vizor implementation and additional technology in the cabin, while benefiting from a more powerful and efficient electric powertrain plus two mild hybrid options.
The highlight of the exterior updates is the Opel Vizor face, with a glossy black grille that connects the new headlights. Speaking of lighting units, the optional Intelli-Lux LED matrix technology now includes 14 elements instead of 8. The Opel Blitz logo can be black or matte satin silver. Additionally, the redesigned bumper features a set of slimmer yet purely cosmetic side intakes for a sharper look. The rest of the body is largely carried over with the addition of a new Graphic Gray paint option, optionally combined with black, for the roof, mirror caps, emblems and bumper strip.
Moving in, Opel designers added a new steering wheel, a revised gear lever and new upholstery for the seats. The most significant update, however, is the addition of an optional digital instrument cluster, which can be paired with a center console-mounted 10-inch touchscreen. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Cockpit Platform brings new graphics and AI capabilities to the infotainment system, which now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Navigation is now compatible with over-the-air updates and more natural voice recognition. In addition, the Corsa benefits from a new high-resolution panoramic rear-view camera and numerous existing ADAS, including adaptive cruise control.
The Opel Corsa’s mid-life update isn’t superficial, as the automaker has outfitted the supermini with the latest in Stellantis drivetrain technology, which has already debuted in many other CMP/eCMP-based offerings.
The model, which started with the Corsa Electric, is now offered with two powertrain options. The standard model produces the same 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) but has an increased WLTP range of 357 km (222 miles). It’s also more powerful with a new and more efficient electric motor paired with a larger 54 kWh battery pack that produces 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) and allows a WLTP range of 406 km (over 50 kWh). version is also available. 252 miles). When connected to a fast charger, the battery can go from 20% to 80% in 30 minutes.
More importantly, the Opel Corsa was the automaker’s first model to offer mild hybrid options. The new turbocharged 1.2-liter engine with 48-volt system is available in two outputs producing 99 hp (74 kW / 100 PS) or 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS). Both are paired exclusively with the new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Alongside the electrified options, Opel has confirmed that the updated Corsa will be offered with “efficient internal combustion engines” in the future. This probably refers to the non-electric turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine with 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) already offered in the mechanically relevant Opel Mokka with a six-speed manual gearbox. Opel wants to be the EV-only brand in Europe by 2028, meaning this will likely be the last generation of the Corsa to be offered with internal combustion engines.
The company did not disclose the price and availability of the facelifted Opel Corsa, which is expected to be more expensive than the model it replaces. The supermini faces less competition after the end of the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio, but it still has strong rivals like the soon-to-be-updated Peugeot 208 stablemate, the recently facelifted Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris, VW Polo and Skoda.