The Opel Corsa range has so far lacked a bridge between the combustion version and the electric car. That will soon change and you will still have a choice.
Currently, you can buy an Opel Corsa as an electric car or with a petrol 1200 in three performance specifications and the option of manual and automatic transmission. Now the offer will be expanded by a pair of hybrids.
These are of course based on turbocharged three-cylinder 1.2 liters with outputs of 74 and 100 kW and torques of 205 and 230 Nm. The engines were developed from the beginning with electrification and a 48V system in mind. In both cases, the petrol unit is complemented by a synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets with a power of 21 kW and a torque of 55 Nm. Due to its compact dimensions, it is housed in one box together with a six-speed automatic transmission and a DC converter.
The electric motor helps the Corsa during acceleration and taxiing or maneuvers up to 30 km/h. It draws energy from a 432 Wh battery, sufficient for a kilometer of emission-free driving. It is located under the driver’s seat. It is recharged by recuperation during braking or by the engine when the power requirement is low.
The result is solid efficiency. The non-electrified Corsa 1.2 with the eight-speed automatic has a consumption of 5.5 l/100 km with emissions of 125 g/km. The weaker hybrid consumes only 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 km with emissions of 106 g/km.