Opel Corsa Going Lighter, Flagship Under Consideration: Report

Mike Stevens | Feb 20, 2012

Opel's fourth-generation Corsa is coming to the end of its lifetime, and while an Australian debut for the current car is scheduled for this year, an all-new model won't be far away.

Reports out of Europe this week suggest the next Corsa will utilise the Gamma II platform that underpins the new Holden Barina and the high-riding Opel Mokka, potentially cutting more than 50kg from the current model's kerb weight.

According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, power is expected to come from a turbocharged 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine, although the Mokka's 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines (the latter also shared with the Barina) could be on the cards.

The report adds that cost considerations will see the new Corsa retain the torsion-beam rear suspension arrangement featured in the current model, and a more aggressive look is expected.

Flagship Sedan

Talk of a new flagship model above the midsized Insignia continues, with Opel boss Karl-Friedrich Stracke telling press recently that a new large sedan will help the brand compete with other luxury marques.

"I believe we need a top of the line car to be positioned in the luxury segment. The Insignia car has done a great job of showing we can make premium-like products, but establishing ourselves properly in this territory will be a long journey," Stracke said.

If Opel is looking at a new large car, the long-wheelbase version of GM's Epsilon II platform will likely form its foundations.

The current Isignia, Opel's largest sedan offering, is built on the Epsilon platform, while the longer Epsilon II platform is used by Holden's upcoming Malibu sedan for Australia.

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  • Balthazaaaaargh says,
    4 years ago
    Wat luxury brands is Opel talking about? Theyre handsome cars but theyre far from luxury i reckon....
  • cyclone says,
    4 years ago
    It is a but weird that Opel is all of a sudden a premium/luxury brand. Opel cars are vauxhall in the uk, and were Holden models in the past. Is it just the fact that Holden models are what would have been daewoo's that Opel are now seen as premium
  • Smart us says,
    4 years ago
    Opel has done it once - Opel Omega that brought them down to the knees... Astra (2 gen ago) helped Opel to be still among us... so considering past this is dangerous move for Opel
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