Opel has just released info about the upcoming Opel Corsa facelift, the most recent version of their popular small car which sells around 400,000 units each year. Scheduled to make its market debut next year, the facelift brings the car a new look, new engine and a few interior equipment additions.
On the exterior, Opel redesigned the car’s front fascia, restyling the upper and lower grilles, which are wider and taller now, the current generation’s grille bars were replaced with a grille mesh and the chromed bar with the integrated Opel logo si now larger. But maybe one of the most obvious styling changes are the new wing-shaped signature headlights which can be found on all recent models from the Insignia on. New fog light complete the Corsa’s new face, which make it look like a junior Opel Astra and it’s not bad at all.
With the facelifted Corsa’s debut, Opel will make the Color Edition available in the entire Europe. The special sporty versions of the current model sold very well in Germany, being ‘responsible’ for almost 20 percent of total sales. The new “Linea” package is targeted at young customers and features two white or black stripes along the car’s body, with color matching wheels and side mirror caps.
Like the current generation, the new Corsa will come in two and four door body styles and customers will be able to choose between six new alloy wheel designs.
As for the interior, it has been updated with new fabrics and decors and new textured skin dashboard molding and each trim level received a set of changes. For example, the Enjoy versions got new interior colors like Steel Blue and Tabasco Orange, both with TopTec treatment against deterioration. Cosmo models will get a new high gloss center stack bezel, embossed seat fabric and a new Touch & Connect navigation system with a five-inch touch screen display and SD navigation card, which has an interesting feature that gives the driver the option of choosing an ‘ecological route’.
Under the bonnet, the new Opel Corsa facelift comes with a a range of engines from 65 hp to the 192 hp engine powering the top-of-the-range Corsa OPC. The powertrains have been updated and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced, in average, by 13 percent. Also, the Start/Stop technology is now a standard feature on the new 95 hp (70 kW) 1.3 CDTI Corsa ecoFLEX and it reduces fuel consumption from 3.7 to 3.5 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions from 98 to 94 grams of CO2 per km. The values are for the three-door version, because the five-door gets 3.6 liters per 100 km and 95 CO2 g/km.
Overall, the Corsa got a more than decent mid-life update and will probably see good times after it will go on sale in January 2011.