The Opel Corsa range, of which the 1.0T Enjoy derivative was named the Best Compact Hatchback in the 2016/17 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, has received a revision and a (downward) price adjustment. Here are the details:
The update, which comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Opel’s future would be secure in the South African market after the sale of the brand to Peugeot Citroen and General Motors’ departure at the end of 2017, sees amended specification levels for some derivatives as well as price reductions across the range.
The entry-level 1.0T Essentia receives a less powerful, similarly torquey, but more fuel-efficient 1.0-litre 3 cylinder powerplant mated with a six-speed manual. The 66 kW (as opposed to the previous 85 kW) engine, produces peak torque of 170 Nm from 1 700 to 3 700 revs/min, but its claimed average fuel consumption is 4.6 L/100 km.
As standard, the 1.0T Essentia costs R200 600 and, if you specify the optional radio/Bluetooth/USB/air conditioner package (which is highly recommended) the price is R210 600 – a price cut of R4 000.
There are a pair of Enjoy derivatives: the #CarsAwards-winning 6-speed manual is powered by the 85 kW version of the aforementioned 3-cylinder turbopetrol, while the 6-speed automatic is propelled by a 1.4-litre normally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine.
Although they still feature the IntelliLink infotainment system, tyre pressure monitoring and a new monochrome info display cluster, they no longer have front foglamps, LED running lamps or a 60/40 split rear seat.
The price for the manual comes down from R234 800 to R234 300 and the auto from R235 100 to R234 800.
No more Cosmo
Meanwhile, the 1.0T Cosmo has been discontinued and the 1.4T Sport re-specced to provide the best of both derivatives. The latter retains its 110 kW/220 Nm 1.4-litre turbopetrol (110 kW/220 Nm) mated with a 6-speed manual transmission, however the (now lone) flagship derivative
However, the Sport’s interior reflects the look and feel of the Cosmo, including the chrome beltline and door handle accents, plus the more voluminous seats, upholstered in Morrocana and the addition of a sunroof.
As on the Enjoy models tyre pressure monitoring has been added, along with advanced park assist and side blind spot alert (which is optional on its Enjoy stablemates). Its price has come down R276 200 to R275 600.
Prices of the Corsa range (July 2017)
Corsa 1.0T Essentia
R 200 600
Corsa 1.0T Enjoy
R 234 300
Corsa 1.4 Enjoy Auto
R 234 800
Corsa 1.4T Sport
R 275 600
Essentia Option Pack 1 (R 210 600 down from R214 000)
- Steering wheel controls
Essentia Option Pack 2 (R 214 600 down from R219 600)
- IntelliLink Infotainment
- Steering wheel audio controls
Enjoy Option Pack 1 (R 239 800 for Auto, R 239 300 for manual)
- Handsfree Parking
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Front and rear park assist
All Corsa derivatives comes standard with a 5-year/120 000km warranty and 3-year/60 000km service plan.