Opel Reveals Fifth-Generation Corsa
- New drive: New chassis, new generation engine and transmission technology
- New standard: High quality interior with IntelliLink and host of assistance systems
- World premiere: Opel’s bestseller to debut in October at Paris Motor Show
Opel has today revealed the new, fifth generation of the Corsa. Opel’s bestseller aims to offer a new driving experience in the small-car market segment by raising the bar for chassis, engine and gearbox performance. The new, refined and efficient 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engines, smooth-shifting transmissions, and redesigned suspension and steering deliver class-leading levels of comfort and precision.
The new Corsa also comes with a totally new interior, enhanced quality and spaciousness, including Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment technology and ultra-modern driver assistance systems. Opel’s designers have also given the new Corsa a dynamic shape in line with the brand’s design philosophy, introducing flowing, sculptural forms and precise detailing. The new Corsa is equipped with everything required to ensure continuation of 32 years of success in a highly competitive market segment. The fifth generation of Opel’s bestseller will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show (October 4 to 19), rolling off the assembly lines in Zaragoza and Eisenach, Germany before the end of the year.
“The Opel Corsa has always had an enduring appeal with Irish customers of every age due to its reliability, looks and added value that the Corsa provides”, says Dave Sheeran, Managing Director, Opel Ireland. “We are carrying the core appeal forward in the new Corsa. Thanks to many new technologies, we are also offering a driving experience that will make driving effortless while also significantly raising standard in this vehicle class.”
Recipe for success: Youthful design and generous space in compact dimensions
A key to its success is outstanding space efficiency: within a compact length of 4 meters, Opel’s bestseller offers plenty of room for up to five occupants – in both family-friendly, five-door and dynamic, sporty three-door body formats.
At the same time, the Corsa’s exterior design is fresher and more sophisticated, with sculptured body sides featuring Opel’s typical bold signature “blade” graphic and distinct fascia. The face is characterised with a prominent grille and sharply chiseled headlamps that include LED daytime running lights. At the rear end accentuated horizontal lines visually widen the car and give it a better stance. But it’s when you sit in the new Corsa and drive it that the change is the most apparent. The completely new cabin featuring clear, elongated shapes and a mix of sophisticated materials, the substantially more comfortable chassis and sharper steering, the all-new powertrains and significantly lower noise levels all combine to ensure a completely new driving experience.
Absolute precision: New chassis and new steering for highest driving stability
The top priority for the Opel engineering development team was to provide Corsa customers with a driving experience comparable to larger, more expensive cars in terms of comfort and precision. New chassis and steering systems provide the foundation. The chassis does not inherit a single component from the current Corsa. Roll behaviour, steering response and understeer characteristics are all improved. New damping characteristics also give the fifth-generation Corsa better filtration of disturbances from potholes and uneven road surfaces, providing exemplary comfort in a small car.
Together with a new steering geometry and steering software calibration, this enhanced system benefits the new, speed-sensitive electric power steering: it has a more precise response and improves both driving pleasure and comfort. A new standard feature in all Corsa models that allows reducing steering effort at low speeds, the City mode is easily activated at the press of a button.
The new Corsa introduces a host of driver assistance systems, many of which are unrivalled in its vehicle class. Safety is increased thanks to new systems that are all available in the Corsa for the first time – such as bi-xenon headlamps, the Side Blind Spot Alert and the Opel Eye front camera with Road Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Warning. To provide maximum safety, Forward Collision Alert uses a red, head-up warning that is projected into the windscreen. In addition, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System display warns the driver in the event of excessive pressure loss in one of the tires.
Best connectivity with top safety: IntelliLink and driver assistance systems
Cleanly designed, the cabin of the new Corsa is organised around an eye-catching driver control center whose instrument panel fascia is designed around horizontal lines that optically enhance the generous interior spaciousness. The IntelliLink system’s 7-inch colour touchscreen is ideally located on the center stack, close to the gear shift. This allows the driver’s hand to swiftly and naturally move between the transmission control and the touchscreen. The new Corsa’s state-of-the-art infotainment system offers best connectivity opportunities, is compatible with Apple and Android devices and can be operated by voice command. Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free can also be used. Several apps are available such as BringGo for navigation, as well as Stitcher and TuneIn for internet radio and podcasts, and there is a practical FlexDock parking and charging station for smartphones.
Driving comfort is also improved by the Advanced Park Assist that automatically steers during parking maneuvers, as well as by the Rear View Camera and the Hill Start Assist. The steering wheel, front seats and now the windshield can all be heated to provide cozy warmth in the cabin and good visibility on cold days. The high-class interior features finely sculpted front seats boasting superb workmanship, a large panorama roof, and soft ambient lighting, which lends the cabin a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
And for active sportsmen and women, the new Corsa’s characteristic rear end optionally integrates the practical FlexFix bicycle carrier, which is exclusively offered by Opel