HEADED FOR SA: The fourth-generation Opel Corsa will arrive in South Africa in 2015. Image: General Motors
• New engines; one-litre three-cylinder engine
• CO2 emissions 85g/km
• New cabin design with IntelliLink connectivity
LUTON, England – Opel has revealed technical details about its new Corsa ahead of its car's world premiere at the 2014 Paris auto show on October 4.
The fourth-generation Corsa will arrive in South Africa in 2015. More details about the car, including SA-specification and pricing, will be revealed closer to its launch.
Meanwhile, know that the new Corsa will have a new new range of engines that follow the current fashion of down-sizing.
One of the highlights will be a new one-litre, three-cylinder, Ecotec direct-injection turbo petrol tuned for either 66 or 84kW and 170Nm. The 66kW unit, with stop/start technology, has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3 litres/100km.
Other new engines include a 51kW 1.2 and a 66kW 1.4 - but neither is turbocharged.
GALLERY: 2014 Opel Corsa
VIDEO: 2014 Opel Corsa design
The new Corsa can also be equipped with a 1.3 CDTi diesel engine tuned for either 55kW or 70kW variants. The 70kW will come with a five-speed manual transmission and a claimed fuel consumption of 3.22 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 85g/km.
The first units will enter production later in 2014.
The new Corsa retains much of the outgoing model’s design, such as its wraparound headlights and rear, though with noticeable changes courtesy of its redesigned chassis.
The grille and badge have moved below the headlights. The sides are more pronounced, as are the wheel arches and its sloping rear.
The new model is equipped with the automaker’s IntelliLink communications system, debuted on the Adam hatchback (see below).
The system is operated with a 17cm colour touchscreen, and can be controlled via apps. The system is compatible with both Apple and Android capable phones, and incorporates additional features, such as voice command, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free and FlexDock (an area for locating/charging your mobile phone).
Other tech improvements include blind-spot alert, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, bi-xenon headlight and a reversing camera.
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General Motors South Africa has already confirmed two new Opel models for launch in South Africa in 2015 – the new Adam hatchback and Mokka SUV.
The new models are part of GM’s global product offensive which will see 27 new vehicles and 17 engines (in applicable markets) by 2018.