Yesterday we revealed you the fact that Vauxhall is planning a new vehicle called Viva, which will roll out next summer. What’s more interesting is that its sister model from Opel will not carry the same name, in fact it will be called Karl. That’s right folks, the 2015 Opel Karl was officially hit the dealerships next summer.
If the Viva brought an iconic name back, the Karl pays homage to one of Adam Opel’s sons. Opel Adam turned Opel into the largest bicycle manufacturer while his sons Carl, Wilhelm and Friedrich started the automobile adventure in 1898.
The new Opel Karl will not be a large vehicle as it will have a length of 3.68 meters, while the Adam is 3.70 m long and the Corsa E measures about 4 meters.
Offered in a five-door version, the Karl will be a new entry-level model in Opel’s lineup, offering up to five seats. “Karl is a short, snappy and catchy name that represents Opel brand values: German, emotional and approachable,” said Tina Müller, Chief Marketing Officer at Opel. We will probably see the new vehicle in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show!
The design of the Opel Karl lends the mini car a mature character, with a front end sporting a playful but witty attitude. The front end is defined by a wide-and-low proportioned single trapezoid grill with a brand bar bearing the Opel logo. This lead brand bar also includes 'winglets' connecting the eye to the eagle-eye shaped headlamps.
Meanwhile, the new Karl comes with a signature 'blade' body side that sweeps upwards, thereby reflecting Opel's sculptured design philosophy. In addition, two sharp lines run through the door handles to highlight the mini car’s dynamic character. This appearance is complemented by large headlights and taillights.
Customers could have the new Opel Karl finished in any of the 10 different colors like Fresh Green Lime and Mystic Violet. The mini car could be equipped with wheels available in different designs and sizes (14 to 16 inches).
Moving into the interior, the Karl comes with spacious cabin and a driver-focused cockpit. The interior is designed to deliver a feeling of space and quality typically found in cars from higher segments. The new Karl is also laden with clever storage solutions like the one above the glove box. The front door pockets are now large enough to hold a standard one-liter PET bottle. Furthermore, the new Karl is available with full rear windows that can be rolled down.
A full-fledged member of the Opel family, the new Opel Karl sports the brand’s design language and employs a well-engineered powerplant. It also come equipped with several safety features and technologies as well as connectivity and infotainment technologies. All of these are offered at just EUR9,500.