The small German hatchback Opel Corsa will offer a hybrid (that’s right, mild-hybrid) drive for the very first time. It’s no secret that the technology is shared within the Stellantis concern (just like the current petrol 1200 in several performance variants and a purely electric version), it’s no different in the case of the electrified system.

Specifically, it is a 48V hybrid technology containing a lithium-ion battery and a synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets. The latter is integrated in a new six-speed dual-clutch transmission and adds up to 28 horsepower and 55 newton meters. The heart of the entire drive remains the three-cylinder 1200, however, it is a new generation engine designed for electrified drives. Hybrids will be offered with 100 and 136 horsepower.

The electric motor helps with acceleration or coasting at speeds up to 30 km/h. Energy is stored in a 432Wh battery, and when it comes down to it, it should be enough for about a kilometer of purely electric driving. However, another discipline is key for these engines – fuel economy.

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The architecture of the 48V hybrid in the new Opel Corsa. A small battery is stored under the driver’s seat.

While the Corsa without electrification with an eight-speed automatic gives a table consumption of 5.5 l / 100 km, the weaker hybrid announces an average of 4.7 liters for every hundred kilometers, so it should be less than a liter more economical. While the 48V network provides power for the hybrid system, the standard 12V battery remains for operating the electric windows or the multimedia system. We will see how the consumption of the hot news will be in practice, with the new Corsa engine we expect early next year.

The first hybrids in the Corsa model range are only an intermediate step towards a completely electric range. By the end of 2024, the German automaker wants to offer a battery car in all model lines, a year later every newly introduced Opel will be fully electric.