The German brand recently launched a grand total of four new models and in doing so, basically revamped the entire range it has on offer here.
The first and most important model is a booted version of the Astra. Opel’s latest sedan boasts a luggage volume of 460 litres and a colossal 1 010 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The range is made up of four models with three different petrol engines. The 1.6-litre naturally aspirated (85kW/155Nm) Essentia sedan kicks off the range, followed by the 1.4-litre turbocharged (103kW/200Nm) Essentia. The top-of-the-range Cosmo is fitted with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which delivers a not-too-shabby 132kW and 230Nm of torque.
In Essentia specification, you get all the basic necessities like a multi-function steering wheel, air conditioning, front electric windows, cruise control and a radio/CD player with USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth functionality. Cosmo specification adds a few luxury items like leather upholstery, climate control, all-round electric windows and rear parking sensors.
Next up is the Opel Meriva, which is now only available in 1.4T Enjoy specification. It uses the same turbocharged engine as in the Astra sedan.
The biggest change to the Meriva is the host of feature upgrades to the interior. As standard you get a leather-bound steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, storage trays under both front seats, folding trays on the front seat backs, front armrests and a rear-seat adaptor for the sliding centre console. Existing equipment, which includes a six-speed manual gearbox, ABS with EBD and BAS, six airbags, an electronic parking brake, traction and stability control, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth and USB compatibility for the audio system and Isofix child-seat anchors are all still fitted as standard.
Even the humble Corsa can now brag about an all-new engine. The 1.4-litre turbocharged powertrain in the Turbo Enjoy model delivers 88kW and 175Nm of torque. It comes as standard with a start/stop system and a claimed combined fuel-consumption figure of just 5.5 litres/100km.
The features on this specific model include ABS with EBD and BAS, two airbags, air conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel, remote central locking, 16-inch alloy wheels, colour-coded detailing, a chrome-plated exhaust outlet, chrome detailing around the gear lever and an uprated infotainment system, which now features Bluetooth integration and a USB port, along with a new graphic information display.
If the above model doesn’t have enough power for you, fear not. Opel now offers the Nürburgring Edition of the Corsa OPC. This manic little hatch features a lower ride height, springs and dampers by Bilstein, high-performance brakes and a recalibrated ESC system. It also sports a ridiculous price tag of R343 200.
At least you get exclusivity as standard, as only 65 units will make it to South Africa and they’ll probably be sold out by the time you read this. You also get an uprated 1.6-litre engine delivering 154kW and 280Nm when the overboost is engaged. The increase in output combined with the overboost function on the turbocharger result in an improved 0-100km/h sprint time of just 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 230km/h.