Opel has just unveiled its all-new Karl, a small vehicle that promises to offer space for up to five people and which will be available for less than 10,000 euros. If you don’t know, the vehicle’s name pays homage to the son company’s founder Adam Opel and the name Karl reflects its strengths.
When it comes to design, the Opel Karl follows the same design philosophy seen on the Adam and the new Corsa E, featuring the typical Opel smile as well as the signature ‘blade’ body side on the doors.
The large headlights and taillights add to the vibrant appearance. Meanwhile, the stylish and roomy interior as well as the driver-focused cockpit will provide the driver and passenger with a feeling of quality. The Opel IntelliLink infotainment system will allow the passengers to integrate their Apple iOS and Android devices and bring their smartphone world into the car.
Under the hood, there is a new 1.0-liter Ecotec three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 75 hp (55 kW). Moreover, Karl will receive plenty of safety and comfort features such as ESP with traction control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and the Hill Start Assist, as well as the Lane Departure Warning.
City Mode is also an interesting feature borrowed from the Adam and Corsa, which reduces steering effort at the push of a button. Other features include Park Assist and Cruise control with speed limited.
Optional heated front seats along with the heated leather steering wheel ensure cozy warmth in the winter, while the summer days will be even more enjoyable thanks to the optional sunroof.
The new Opel Karl comes equipped with a number of safety and comfort elements not usually expected in this price category. As standard, the new Karl is provided with ABS, Hill Start Assist, stability control ESPPlus and traction control TCPlus as well as Lane Departure Warning.
As designed, Lane Departure Warning scans the road through front camera sensors and provides acoustic and visual warnings (through a blinking yellow icon on the instrument panel) when the Karl leaves its lane unintentionally. A cornering light function – as integrated in the fog lights – ensures safer turning maneuvers for both the driver and other users. As standard, the new Karl is provided with six airbags and a pedal release system.
Comfort elements meanwhile, include an optional heated leather steering wheel and heated front seats. The standard speed-dependent power steering features the City mode -- standard from Enjoy – that could reduce steering effort and facilitate tight maneuvers with just a single press of a button.
On the other hand, Park Assist gives out an acoustic warning when it detects obstacles while the Karl is reversing to park. Likewise, Cruise control with speed limiter helps ensure that the Karl is being driven at legal speeds, especially when the driver has to deal with complicated urban traffic or with speed limit. The new Opel Karl could be also fitted with an optional electric sunroof.
Customers could order a new Opel -- as early as fall – with the new generation of the IntelliLink infotainment system and the Opel OnStar connected service. These new features would allow the new entry-level model to set new standards in terms of connectivity in the mini-car segment.
With Opel OnStar, subscribers could avail of a number of services. For instance, the vehicle would automatically alert Opel OnStar’s center when an airbag deploys. Then, an advisor will initiate contact with the vehicle to find out whether its occupant needs help. If the advisor receives no reply, emergency responders will be deployed as soon as possible to the exact location of the vehicle.