Opel reveals the Corsa Kaleidoscope Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 18, 2012

Opel is offering a new sporty and stylish Kaleidoscope edition of the Corsa. Two upmarket metallic exterior colors -- pepperdust and technical grey – are available for the three or five-door Corsa model to achieve a stunning and distinctive look. The exterior features include a glossy black roof, black mirror housings and a black grille bracket that’s currently available for the first time.

For the Corsa’s interior, its seats are given a youthful and dynamic twist with a pattern that may remind you of a kaleidoscope. The fabric offers a luxurious feel with either silver or aztek gold stitching, perfectly matching the car’s look.

These seats use Top Tec material coating, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. It has brightly colored air vent rings with matching door inserts in either curry or matt chrome, giving bold accents to the interior as well as a new stealth-black colored center console and denim fabric on the inside of the door panels.

For improved versatility, the backs of the rear seats may be folded down 1/3 to 2/3, guaranteeing variable loading possibilities.  The Corsa Kaleidoscope is offered with a wide lineup of powertrain combinations. It is available with gasoline units, which range from an efficient 1.2 liter 51 kW/70 hp ecoFLEX gasoline engine (5.1 l/100 km with Start/Stop, 119g/km CO2) to the 1.6 liter turbocharged 110 kW/ 150 hp unit with 210 Nm.

On the diesel range, it comes with the economical 1.3 l CDTI with 70 kW/75 hp ecoFLEX with Start/Stop (4.0 l /100 km, 105 g/km CO2) and the 1.7 CDTI 96kW/130 hp engine. Its transmissions consist of a five and six gear manual version, a five gear easytronic, and an automatic.

Much of the Kaleidoscope kit is inspired by the popular Color Edition. It includes the following standard equipment that brings more premium qualities and sportiness to the Corsa: Aluminum accelerator pedal; 17” alloy wheels; Solar Protect tinted heat protection glazing; Leather steering wheel; Chrome exhaust pipes; Stereo-CD-Radio with aux input and steering wheel remote control. Prices for the Corsa Kaleidoskop start at 15,425 euro (rrp. incl. VAT in Germany).

Opel has long been considered as a strong competitor in the automotive market in Europe, going as far back as 1982. One reason is that the Corsa, one of its offerings, has made a name in the small car segment by offering what may be the widest range of products. There are two body styles being offered under the Corsa with the first being the family friendly and five-door commercial version known as the Corsavan.

The second is the three-door coupe-like variant. With regards to the powertrain line-up, output of the range starts from a good 65 hp (48 kW) and goes as high as 192 hp (141 kW). For the 2010 model year, the brand made sure to put in some upgrades resulting in the engines being able to meet the Euro 5 emission standards as both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been lowered by as much as 13% despite the increase in the output.

To make sure that the driver does optimize fuel consumption while driving this excellent vehicle, the main instrument display now has the “shift up” indicator light. On the inside, the Corsa is considered as having not only the most attractive looks but also the best space. There are even a number of features that are not seen in its rivals like the FlexFix bicycle carrier that has been integrated to it and the heated steering wheel.

It even has the Adaptive Forward Lighting which uses halogen, panorama sunroof, and Hill Start Assist, features that are not commonly seen under this particular segment. As mentioned, all of the engines in the Corsa range have been enhanced especially for the 2010 model year. For instance, take note of the CDTI ecoFLEX 1.3-liter engine which offers an output of 95 hp (70 kW). By adding in the Start/Stop technology, the result is better efficiency overall. For example, the three-door variant results in fuel efficiency of 3.5 liters for every 100 km with CO2 emissions at 94 g/km.

Particularly, for the 1.3-liter engine, fuel consumption is now 4.2 liters for every 100 km instead of 4.6 liters per 100 km. CO2 emissions in the past was 98 g/km. The changes however are not limited to the engine as even with the redesign for the 2010 model year, Opel revealed that the 2011 version will have a new design as well. It will not only have a look that is both more expressive and sportier, it also allows it to be immediately recognized as part of the Opel brand.

In addition to offering new colors for the exterior, there will also be additional customization options for the interior, including sporty trims, to make it even more attractive. New features include the Touch & Connect multi-media infotainment system which includes complete navigation of 28 countries in Europe and a 5-inch color screen with touch capability. It will also have Bluetooth and even allow for USB and iPod connectivity. All of which are available for a reasonable price.

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