2020 Opel Corsa Debuts With Up To 130 Horsepower
1 July 2019 - Motor1
You'll be able to buy the new supermini with an old-school naturally aspirated engine.
In a bid to show how the automotive industry is changing, Opel – now owned by PSA – decided to introduce the 2020 Corsa F by only showing the electric version. That was about a month ago, and it's only now the Rüsselsheim-based marque is sharing images and details regarding the conventionally powered versions of its shiny new supermini.
It doesn't come as a surprise that the design is almost the same we saw in May when the Corsa-e was unveiled, so we'll just focus on the oily bits. Even though the subcompact hatchback is ready for the future by adopting a purely electric powertrain, you'll still be able to buy the ICE-powered variant with an old-school 1.2-liter naturally aspirated engine producing a mighty 75 horsepower.
The engine without forced induction will be found in the base Corsa and it will only work with a five-speed manual gearbox. Should you need more power, a turbocharged engine with the same displacement is going to be offered in two flavors: 100 hp & 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) and 130 hp & 230 Nm (170 lb-ft). The lesser of the two is hooked to a six-speed manual transmission or to an optional eight-speed auto. Go for the 130-hp auto-only variant and the new Corsa will need 8.7 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph) before topping out at 117 mph (188 kph).
Aside from the EV version and the trio of gasoline engines, the revamped Corsa is also going to be available with a thrifty 1.5-liter turbodiesel producing 102 hp and an ample 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.
Like the electric Corsa, the traditional version will be available with LED matrix headlights making their debut in this segment. Offered at an additional cost, the adaptive lights have eight LED elements that work in tandem with a front-mounted high-resolution camera to continuously adapt the light beam and ensure optimal visibility.
In its lightest form, the sharp supermini from Germany will weigh only 980 kilograms (2,160 pounds), excluding the driver. The car is 4.06 meters (159.8 inches) long or just about the same as its predecessor, while the roofline has been lowered by 48 millimeters (1.88 inches) without having a negative impact on headroom for the driver and front passenger. How's that possible? Compared to the Corsa E, front occupants now sit 28 mm (1.1 in) closer to the road.
Opel will sell the new Corsa in Edition, Elegance, and GS Line trim levels, with hotter GSi and OPC models expected to arrive later in the life cycle to spice things up by rivaling the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI.