New-model Opel line-up con­firmed

The Citizen (KZN) - - Motoring - Charl Bosch

Opel South Africa’s local im­porter and dis­trib­u­tor, Uni­trans Mo­tors, has con­firmed its line-up of new mod­els sched­uled to ar­rive from the sec­ond quar­ter of this year.

Un­veiled in Europe last July, the facelifted As­tra will spear­head the Blitz’s model as­sault and while set to in­cor­po­rate the same ex­te­rior and in­te­rior re­vi­sions as the model sold on the Old Con­ti­nent, it is not ex­pected to fea­ture the new choice of PSA engines, con­tin­u­ing in­stead with the ex­ist­ing pow­er­plants still de­rived from for­mer owner, Gen­eral Mo­tors.

The highly awaited sixth gen­er­a­tion Corsa is next-up and will make its de­but in the third or fourth quar­ter. Like the As­tra, ex­act de­tails sur­round­ing the lat­est model to use PSA ar­chi­tec­ture, in this case the CMP plat­form used by the Peu­geot 208 and 2008, are un­known, but tech such as the Adap­tive Ma­trix In­tel­liLux LED head­lights, adap­tive speed con­trol and for­ward col­li­sion alert with au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing plus pedes­trian de­tec­tion have been teased as be­ing in­cluded on local mod­els.

Ini­tially slated to have been in­tro­duced dur­ing the first quar­ter of the year, the Zafira Life has been pushed back to the third and will pro­vide seat­ing for up to nine pas­sen­gers, and come pow­ered by a 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine that, in Europe, of­fers a choice of three out­puts: 90kW/340Nm, 110kW/370Nm and 130kW/400Nm.

Ar­riv­ing at the same time is the me­chan­i­cally iden­ti­cal Vi­varo van that will have the same tur­bod­iesel en­gine and com­plete Opel’s line-up of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles that com­menced last year.

Corsa to make de­but in the third or fourth quar­ter

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