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Opel ups value factor with streamlined Corsa range


Opel has updated its Corsa range with enhanced levels of spec for the entry-level Essentia, and streamlining of the range from five to four models.

Priced at R200 600, or R210 600 with the optional Bluetooth enabled sound system incorporating Aux and USB, air-conditioning and steering wheel mounted audio controls included, the Essentia now comes in at R4 000 less than before, and also adds a new monochromatic instrument cluster and single piece rear seat.

Select the Essentia Option 2 package, priced at R214 600 as opposed to R219 600, the Corsa receives Opel's Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system in addition to the aforementioned air-conditioning and audio controls.

The biggest change is however up front where the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoFLEX engine has been revised to produce 66 kW instead of the previous 85 kW, although torque remains unchanged at 170 Nm. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission offered with fuel consumption rated at 4.6 L/100 km.

With the previous flagship Cosmo falling away, the Enjoy now serves the sole other cooking model available, with changes consisting of the addition of a tyre pressure monitor, the same instrument cluster and single piece rear seat as the Essentia, the Intellilink system as standard, and deletion of the front foglamps and daytime running LEDs.

The optional Enjoy Pack meanwhile includes front and rear parking sensors, hands-free parking and Blind Spot Alert, with powertrains made up of the 85 kW / 170 Nm 1.0-litre turbo connected to a six-speed manual gearbox, or the normally aspirated 66 kW / 130 Nm 1.4 in the case of the six-speed automatic.

Cuts of R500 and R300 brings pricing for the manual down to R234 300 and R234 800 for the automatic, although this rises to R239 300 and R239 800 respectively with the aforementioned Enjoy Pack fitted.

At the top of the range, the Sport benefits from new chrome exterior detailing, Morrocana upholstery and a sunroof, with power from the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine remaining unchanged at 110 kW and 220 Nm of torque. A R600 price cut means the Sport now retails for R275 600.

A five year / 120 000 km warranty and three year / 60 000 km service are standard across the range.

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