[UPDATE: 2015 Opel Corsa E made its official debut, read all about it here! ] - Opel will probably unveil the 2015 Corsa at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but until the official debut, the German manufacturer decided to reveal some “official” spy shots with its brand new car. In addition, Opel also revealed several details of the fifth-generation Corsa, which is currently doing some fine-tuning tests.
So, for the 2015MY, the Corsa E comes with a new-generation 1.0-liter Ecotec petrol engine bolted to a new six-speed manual transmission, but also with a newly developed chassis and tuned steering.
The Corsa prototypes tested by Opel engineers are powered by the new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that develops 115 hp (85 kW) and feature both Sport and Comfort chassis.
As you can see from the photos, there are also two current Corsa models for the sake of comparison, that are powered by a 1.4-liter (100 hp/74 kW) and 1.4-liter Turbo (120 hp/88 kw) engines.
According to the official press release, the Corsa E will continue the same successful path of the Corsa D, thanks to the newly developed 1.0-liter Ecotec engine but also thanks to the new gearbox and chassis. Opel announced that the 2015 Corsa E will hit the market at the end of 2014.
The Opel Corsa has been a best-seller since four generations ago, with around 12.4 million units sold in 32 years. Along with the Astra, the Corsa is Opel's most popular model as evidenced by the fact that it accounts for more than a quarter of the carmaker’s annual sales. Moreover, the Corsa is presently the fourth best-selling model among small cars in Western Europe. The nameplate is also the second best-seller in Germany and the United Kingdom.
This high level of success is expected to be continued by the fifth generation of the Corsa, which will roll off the assembly lines in Eisenach and Zaragoza by the end of the year. The fifth-generation Corsa is entering the small car market with a new appearance and a fresh driving experience as it combines the art of German engineering and emotional design.
New Corsa also features a new chassis and optimized steering, as well as excellent digital connectivity. Most of all, it offers a great price-to-performance ratio. The all-new Corsa will be offered with a new generation gasoline engine and a revised diesel turbo engine mill, both providing a high degree of performance and fuel efficiency as well as comfort.
Interested customers can already place their orders for the fifth generation of the Corsa in Germany at a starting price of just EUR11,980 for the three-door model powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine. For those opting for the five-door version, they just have to shell out EUR12,730. (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).
Karl-Thomas Neumann, chief executive of Opel Group, remarked that the Opel Corsa has always been widely acclaimed for its appealing appearance as well as efficient use of space despite having compact dimensions. He quipped that he is confident that the new fifth generation would be able to continue the success of the Corsa, as underpinned by a new level of comfort, modern driver assistance and infotainment systems.
The new fifth-gen Corsa offers an exterior and an interior that are both youthful and fresh. Its overall design conveys modernity, clarity and craftsmanship – making it well-equipped to continue the 32-year success of the Corsa nameplate.