Ready to battle in the dwindling hatchback segment, Opel has confirmed that the arrival of a hybrid Corsa is imminent although South Africa is not slated to receive the low-emissions model. Here are all details for the local spec model expected to arrive in 2024 we know so far.
Debuting at the 2023 IAA Mobility in Frankfurt, Opel has now confirmed their perennial hatchback will be arriving in Middle East and African markets from October of this year. Characterised by the Opel Vizor brand fascia, the new model also boasts some updated tech and a hybridized powertrain.
Starting with tech, the interior boasts a fully digital cockpit which features a new infotainment system touchscreen which measures up to 10,0-inches in size and is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The safety list has grown in size with each new Corsa including forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection; lane-keep assist; and drowsiness alert. The hatchback has also been fitted with a new 115 kW electrified powertrain which enables up to 405 km of driving. The existing 100 kW alternative remains albeit with a further improved range of up to 357 km. Both silent and emissions-free models boast a total of 260 N.m. In addition to this, a hybrid Corsa will also arrive on the scene, becoming the first Opel with a 48-volt hybrid system.
Alternatively, the lineup will be available with a 56 kW 1,2-litre petrol motor mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and, 75 kW 1,2-litre turbocharged petrol motor mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The same displacement motor can also be specified in a 6 or 8-speed automatic transmission with maximum power outputs raised to 97 kW while an 82 kW 1,5-litre diesel paired to a 6-speed manual transmission rounds up the options. Standard equipment includes a multimedia radio with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 16-inch “Diamond Cut” light alloy wheels to name a few.
Stellantis South Africa has confirmed that the model will make its way to South Africa in the middle of next year with official pricing and arrival dates expected closer to the time. Also confirmed will be the 1,2-litre turbocharged engines which are familiar to the model in our market. For the time being, the hybrid Corsa will not be making its way to South Africa although the automaker mentioned LEV (Low Emissions Vehicles) are continually being studied for Mzansi.