Sexy new Corsa is heading to South Africa... But probably only in 2007.
This is the fourth generation of this popular Opel, which has sold more than 9.4 million units alone in Europe since 1982. Opel only introduced the Corsa in South Africa in 1996, and it became an instant hit with car buyers here too.
The new Corsa, of which the three-door version is the first to break cover, is geared to tackle newcomers such as the Renault Clio, Peugeot 207 and Fiat Grande Punto. And although General Motors South Africa is tightlipped about when we will get it, the company's product communications manager, Tim Hendon, did say to Wheels24 that GMSA is to "move at some point to the European model".
The current South African Corsa is based on a Brazilian version and Hendon's comment hints at SA getting the new European model. However, time will tell when it will arrive here.
It is clear that the new Corsa is taking a radical design departure from the current model and it features design characteristics of the Astra range. The result is a sportier and sleeker car. According to GM they have also improved the overall build quality of the Corsa.
There are a number of under the skin improvements too and the Corsa features an all-new chassis. It will also be available with features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Enhanced Understeering Control (EUC). Then there are ABS with Cornering Brake Control (CBC) as standard; brake assist.
The Corsa also comes with new petrol engines ranging from 1.0 to 1.4-litre displacements. There is also a new 92 kW 1.7 CDTI turbodiesel unit while a new 1.3-litre diesel is also available.