Corsa Ute launch - the details

2011-11-30 09:55

The all-new version of Chev’s baby bakkie stalwart, the Chev Utility, is out in SA. Wheels24 is at the launch and a driving impression will follow but meanwhile here are the bare bones to chew over.

Picking up from the immense popularity of the erstwhile Opel Corsa Utility, the three-quarter ton bakkie now rides on a new Chevrolet platform.

The bakkie, produced in South Africa at GM’s Port Elizabeth facility, is said to have a heightened level of refinement to go along with its functionality and loadability.

It’s bigger – the overall length is now 4.514m and its wider by a few millimetres, too – and depending on the model, the payload on the new Chev Utility is between 733 and 763kg.

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CABIN FEVER: The new cabin is said to be more refined and seats have new upholstery trim.

It comes with a choice of 1.4 and 1.8 petrol engines mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A turbodiesel version will be introduced in South Africa in 2012.

The initially range will include seven models in Base, Club and Sport specifications. The engines are retuned versions of the familiar single overhead camshaft eight-valve engines used previously.

The 1.4 produces 68kW at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 120Nm at 3200rpm, the 1.8 77kW at 5400rpm and 161Nm at 3000rpm.

Features include driver and passenger air bags across the range, along with height-adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, key-fob central locking and doors that auto-lock at 15km/h.


1.4 Base - R115 600

1.4 Base AC - R123 600

1.4 Club - R136 000

1.4 Sport - R161 100

1.8 Base AC - N/A

1.8 Club - R148 500

1.8 Sport - R173 500

The Chevrolet Utility is covered by a five-year or 120 000km warranty with roadside assistance. An optional service plan is available and service intervals are 15 000km

  • Adam - 2011-11-30 10:08

    77KW? Why would they de-tune the 1.8i???

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-11-30 10:59

      not much of a difference. the current one is 79kW.

      Lourens - 2011-11-30 12:25

      Must be a very old tech engine.

      Adam - 2011-11-30 12:47

      Fair enough, but weren't they 85KW once upon a time?

  • Gareth - 2011-11-30 10:33

    I really don't like this new "Corsa" bakkie from GM. Had a good look at it at JIMS and for me, it just does not compare to the current model it is about to replace! I'll keep my current 1.7D for a very long time to come (until the next new model appears and looks better...).

  • Delion - 2011-11-30 12:05

    its crap looking and the interior looks like my dog's arse. seriously how could GM have brought down a bakkie ledgend in SA and expcect to sell us this crap.

      VOVO247 - 2011-11-30 15:44

      LOL, how'd your dog get a steering wheel in the naught? what do you feed the thing hahaha sorry I had to..

  • Anton - 2011-11-30 12:42

    Wow, could that be the ugliest dash ever? Just look at the instrument panel! Terrible!.... and the crappy Blaupunkt radio? ag nee man, sies!

  • Wesley - 2011-11-30 13:58

    might as well buy the 1.4 base and spend R50grand on other extras to make my own sport model instead of theirs :-) scwheet!!!

  • leon.j.steyn - 2011-11-30 15:19

    This new bakkie is very cheap looking. I won't even apologize for saying this. I will not be even looking at this to upgrade from my current Corsa. The dash ... oh my word, what were they thinking! Wait, the whole design. Very, very dissapointed!

  • citigolf - 2011-11-30 22:29

    i have one word. ugly

  • ayoub.banderker - 2011-11-30 23:11

    Opel got it wrong with this one.....looks could've been made more subtle....similar to Cruze...think they tried....but interior needs to bemore upmarket....if you paying car prices for a bakkie...i want car-like interior features...engine also old tech...obviously to cut costs....always a bad move Opel......put the Astra 1.4T engine in...and upgrade the interior

      Eddy - 2011-12-01 06:02

      This is no Opel if I can read and recognize badges, it's a chevrolet.

  • jjlambrechts - 2011-12-01 16:10

    Looks like a Aveo stuck to the back of a Bantam. Interior, what can be said?! Fail!

  • Matthew Du Toit - 2011-12-08 20:34

    My mom got Opel Corsa 1.7 DTI bakkie. Still the best. She won't upgrade to new model.

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