Opel has recently introduced a facelift for its Corsa model during the mid-life phase of the vehicle. Our photographer was able to capture the first images of the camouflaged prototype, known as the Erlkönig.
The Corsa has been available in Germany since 2019, and it is now due for a significant facelift starting at the beginning of 2023. This facelift brings notable changes to the car’s design.
One of the key updates is the adoption of Opel’s signature Vizor face, which is already featured on models like the Astra or Mokka. This means that the Corsa will now sport narrow LED headlights and a dark grille. The lower apron of the car has also been revised. Furthermore, the rear section of the Corsa will receive updates as well, including a new light arrangement and adjustments to the rear apron.
In terms of the powertrain, the familiar engine options will continue to be offered. These include a 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with power outputs of 75 naturally aspirated horsepower, as well as 100 or 130 turbo horsepower. Additionally, there will be a 1.5-liter diesel engine with 102 horsepower. It remains uncertain whether these engines will receive slight performance improvements along with consumption optimization.
The facelift also extends to the electric variant of the Corsa, known as the Corsa-E. This model will benefit from the Peugeot e-208’s drivetrain, featuring a 50 kWh battery. However, the electric motor has been upgraded from 100 kW to 115 kW. Despite the increase in power, power consumption has decreased, resulting in an extended range from 362 to 400 kilometers. A GSe version of the Corsa-E will be introduced later.
With the introduction of the facelift, the prices of the Corsa will also see an increase. Currently, the Corsa-E starts at 33,895 euros, while the combustion engine counterpart begins at 18,280 euros.
The Opel Corsa is one of the most popular small cars in Germany, with over 40,000 new registrations in the first ten months of the year, surpassing its closest competitor, the Toyota Yaris, which had approximately 25,000 new registrations. To maintain the appeal of the Corsa, Opel has decided to incorporate the Vizor face from its larger sibling models. Additionally, the Corsa-E will benefit from a more powerful drivetrain, resulting in an increased range.