Opel Corsa range re­jigged

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - JA­SON WOOSEY

NOW THAT Opel is of­fi­cially here to stay thanks to the Wil­liams Hunt group, al­beit still un­der the Gen­eral Mo­tors ban­ner un­til the end of this year, the lo­cal Corsa range has been given a bit of a re­jig in or­der to boost show­room traf­fic.

The re­sult is a ra­tio­nalised hatch­back range with slightly lower prices, and less power in the case of the base Essen­tia model, al­though con­ve­niently Opel only men­tions the “bet­ter econ­omy” as­pect.

The Essen­tia is still pow­ered by Opel’s im­pres­sive lit­tle 1-litre, three-cylin­der tur­bopetrol en­gine, al­beit de­tuned from 85kW to 66kW, while max­i­mum torque re­mains at 170Nm, be­tween 1700 and 3700rpm.

The price has been snipped by R1200, to R200 600 for the base ver­sion with­out air con­di­tion­ing or ra­dio, as­sum­ing that any­one still buys cars with­out th­ese fea­tures, but there is a R4000 over­all sav­ing for those opt­ing for the ‘Op­tion Pack 1’ (giv­ing you air­con, ra­dio and Blue­tooth) and bring­ing the price up to R210 600, which is still highly seg­ment-com­pet­i­tive.

Fur­ther up­stream, the lux­u­ri­ous Cosmo model falls away, leav­ing a pair of bet­ter-ap­pointed En­joy de­riv­a­tives to play the en­tire midrange game. In man­ual form it still en­joys the full-fat 85kW 1.0T tun­ing, and costs R234 300, a R500 sav­ing. Yet as be­fore, the En­joy auto is fitted with a 66kW/130Nm nor­mally as­pi­rated petrol en­gine and gets a R300 price re­duc­tion, to R234 800.

In spec terms the En­joy mod­els lose the 60:40 rear seat split as well as fog­lights and LED run­ning lamps but they gain the 17.8cm In­tellilink in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and a tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. Those opt­ing for the En­joy Op­tion Pack 1 also get front and rear park as­sist, Hands­free, (semi-au­to­mated) Park­ing and side blind spot alert.

At the top of the range, the Corsa Sport, which is pow­ered by a 110kW/220Nm 1.4-litre tur­bopetrol en­gine, gains some of the in­te­rior “look and feel” fea­tures of the dis­con­tin­ued 1.0T Cosmo. Th­ese in­clude chrome belt­line and door han­dle ac­cents, im­proved seats up­hol­stered in ‘Mor­ro­cana’ fab­ric, a sun­roof, and tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing. Also in­cluded is park as­sist and side blind spot alert.

All mod­els are sold with a five-year/120 000km war­ranty and three-year/60 000km ser­vice plan, which will be hon­oured by Opel’s new im­porter af­ter Gen­eral Mo­tors of­fi­cially departs at the end of this year.

Model up­dates have all hap­pened un­der the skin.

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