When Opel revealed the new Corsa in May 2019, it showed only the all-electric version. Now, however, the German firm has taken the wraps off the petrol and diesel models, confirming the sixth-generation model’s conventional engine line-up.
The fresh-faced five-door hatch employs what the Rüsselsheim-based automaker describes as a “particularly economical” range of petrol and diesel engines (of course, courtesy of the PSA Group under which Opel now falls and likely shared with the new Peugeot 208).
The base naturally aspirated 1,2-litre petrol engine makes 55 kW (and is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard), while the turbocharged 1,2-litre three-cylinder unit is offered in two states of tune: one with 74 kW/205 N.m and the second with 96 kW/230 N.m.
The 96 kW model (available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission) tops out at 208 km/h and hits 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 8,7 seconds, while the 74 kW version (offered with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto) has a top speed of 188 km/h and reaches three figures in “around ten seconds”.
These three petrol engines are joined by a 1,5-litre turbodiesel churning out 75 kW and 250 N.m.
So, when will the new Corsa arrive in South Africa? Well, the Unitrans Opel Distributor told CARmag.co.za it was "working" with Opel in Germany on a plan to bring the new Corsa to SA "with an expected late-2020 introduction". Local engine options and specifications, of course, have yet to be confirmed.
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