But a fully electric version of the Corsa is definitely something new, and it somehow feels right, considering this was already one of the most popular cars for the city. Opel had a few other electrified models, the Ampera, which was based on the Bolt and the Ampera E derived from the Bolt. Despite many awards, the two never found commercial success.
We like how the Corsa-e doesn't shout "I'm green." From the front, it looks like a normal car, and the charging port is where the gas cap would normally be. As with the Peugeot e-208, the engine makes 100 kW (136 PS) and 260 Nm (191 lb-ft). With a 0 to 100 km/h time of 8.1 seconds and 0-50km/h in 2.8 seconds, this will be the quickest Corsa, unless they make that electric OPC model, of course. It's also way quicker than the Renault Zoe.
The 50 kWh battery is squeezed in wherever possible, mostly under the seats and it gives it a theoretical driving range of 330 kilometers or 205 miles. Of course, it all depends on weather conditions, how heavy your right foot is and which of three different driving modes you're in, Normal, Eco and Sport.
The Corsa-e will come with IntelliLux LED matrix headlights and is available with many safety systems, radar-guided Adaptive Speed Control, parks assist, blind-spot assist and more.
The interior feels more upmarket than the previous Corsa. The dashboard is dominated by the 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro with live traffic information.