Opel/Vauxhall has unveiled a new pure electric subcompact car – the Opel Corsa-e, which is a part of the brand’s electrification program. The EV goes on sale in March 2020.
The Opel Corsa has acquired a new all-electric version. The 5-door e-Corsa hatch can boast 136hp of output and a decent (for such a small car) driving range of 205 miles/330km (WLTP) provided by a 50kWh battery.
This is the first Opel model developed after the PSA Group purchased the brand. So, it is not surprisingly the newcomer got PSA’s CMP architecture and powertrains from the latest Peugeot 208.
The car’s powertrain delivers 191lb-ft (259Nm) of torque enabling acceleration to 62mph (100 km/h) in 6.2 seconds. The battery can be fast-charged to 80% in 30 minutes.
The driver can choose from three drive modes – Normal, Sport and Eco. The latter allows extending the range by up to 40%. The hatchback also has a regenerative braking system.
Exterior and interior
The Corsa-e’s dimensions and styling are similar to those of the outgoing Corsa, although it has a unique wheel design and a grille that differs a little.
Inside customers will find a 10-inch display, an infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A list of driver assistance functions includes adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, park assist among others.
Expect an electrified version for each Opel vehicle in the model range by 2024. Battery-electric variants of the Mokka X SUV and Vivaro van will arrive next year. So, they’ll join the plug-in hybrid Opel Grandland already revealed.