Sunday 8 December 2019

Opel set new course with Corsa

Opel Corsa
Opel Corsa
Opel Corsa

Eddie CunninghamMotoring Editor

OPEL early today revealed its fifth generation Corsa supermini. Due to debut at the Paris Motor show, it will be a 151-reg car for Irish buyers.

It has got a new range of engines and a re-designed suspension as well as myriad connectivity and driver assist systems.

At its heart, for Ireland 
anyway, will be the 1-litre turbo 3cyl engine.

Inside is completely new with much of the focus on the IntelliLink infotainment 
technology.

And they are promising it will be much quieter due to the new powertrains.

At around four metres long, they say there's room for five. There will be a 3dr and 5dr.

No element of the chassis is carried over from the current model and they claim handling and response are significantly improved.

The electric power steering (standard) will have City mode which, at the touch of a button, requires less effort to turn the wheels in tight spots. I'm not sure at this stage what will be optional or standard but there is, as they say, a lot of stuff 'available'.

These include bi-xenon headlamps, side blind spot alert, front camera with road sign recognition, lane departure warning, high beam assist, following distance indication and collision warning.

The IntelliLink system's 7ins colour touchscreen is on the centre stack and near the gear shift. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple and android devices and there is voice command as well as Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free.

Again, several apps are 'available' (BringGo for navigation, Stitcher, TuneIn for internet radio and podcasts and FlexDock parking and charging station for smartphones). Nothing on price or spec yet.

Irish Independent

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