Opel/Vauxhall Corsa-e - 6th-gen hatch goes electric

Lloyd Doyle
May 26, 2019

Opel had a few other electrified models, the Ampera, which was based on the Bolt and the Ampera E derived from the Bolt. Drivers can choose between three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport; with the Eco mode extending range by up to 40% compared to Sport. This should give the Corsa-e tremendous stability and mitigate against body roll.

Importantly, in terms of range anxiety, the Corsa-e will go for up to 205 miles on a single charge, and this can be extended by up to 40% if the auto is driven in Eco mode.

Vauxhall claims a range of 205 miles (WLTP measured) on a single charge, but adds that this can be extended by as much as 40% with the vehicle in the Eco setting of the three driving modes. Eco mode will naturally get the most out of the battery, while selecting Sport is reported to increase responsiveness and driving dynamics (in exchange for a "moderate loss of driving range").

Details unveiled this week by Vauxhall suggest the Corsa-e has an excellent range - although full and complete details have yet to be confirmed - and that it's no slouch either, sprinting from 0-31mph in 2.8 seconds.

The Corsa-e's propulsion system combines emission-free driving with a maximum "fun-to-drive" factor.

The new Corsa shares a platform with the new Peugeot 208, which is also available as a fully electric vehicle. It charges via a cable that can connect to a wall-box or fast charger. The EV is called the Corsa-e, and it's what is shown here; Opel has yet to reveal any of the gas- or diesel-powered versions of the Corsa.

The Corsa's length is almost unchanged, at 4060mm, but it is 48mm lower, and the driver sits 28mm lower than the current version, Opel said, adding that "handling and dynamics benefit from the lower center of gravity".

The Corsa-e comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, while upscale models feature a 10.0-inch unit. It will hit 60mph in 8.1 seconds but, more importantly for an urban runaround, will hit 30mph in just 3.1 seconds. The Corsa-e also offers two emergency braking systems and park assist technology.

In the advanced driver assistance systems department, the new front camera traffic sign recognition now detects additional information, such as LED signs.

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