New electric Vauxhall Corsa revealed

Mae Love
May 26, 2019

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This week, as part of its PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall revealed details of its 2019 electric programme.

Despite the Corsa being an econo vehicle, Opel has loaded it up with technologies normally reserved for upmarket cars. The brand claims that two more all-electric models are set to follow in 2020. It will also make 0-62mph in a very respectable 8.1 seconds. An electric motor delivering 136 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque spins the front wheels and draws its juice from a 50-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. In Eco mode the Corsa-e becomes a long-distance runner, significantly increasing the range while hardly affecting comfort. Ahead of final official figures, we have reckoned this to be about 250 miles, although these would likely be in optimum conditions with a single occupant.

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Furthermore, the range can be adapted by the driver, who can choose from three driving modes - Normal, Eco and Sport.

The Corsa-e's propulsion system combines emission-free driving with a maximum "fun-to-drive" factor. Compared with "Sport", range is increased by up to 40 per cent.

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The official announcement comes following a leak of photos of the Corsa-e with Opel badge yesterday, as it will be sold in Europe - both Vauxhall and Opel, previously owned by US-based auto giant General Motors (under which Auistralia's iconic brand Holden also falls), now being owned by French PSA group.

Vauxhall says the Corsa-e is "as easy to charge as it is to drive". Owners can do so either via cable, wall box or a high-speed charger. This mainly refers to the intelligent lighting system, however additional safety features are also included to assist drivers, next to the traditional telematics systems available through Opel Connect.

Camera and radar-based automatic emergency braking in an emergency reduces the car's speed by up to 31mph in order to avoid or reduce the force of a collision.

The Corsa-e is the first new generation Corsa model to be unveiled ahead of its launch later this year.

Prices of the Corsa have not been announced yet.

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