Opel boss Michael Lohscheller, together with special guest and Opel brand ambassador Jürgen Klopp, opened the “OPELHAUS 120” at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The new Opel Corsa is not only available as an efficient, classic combustion-engine version, but for the first time also as a battery-electric Corsa-e, with a purely electric range of up to 330 kilometres according to WLTP. Opel is also presenting the first electric rally car for customer motor sport, the Corsa-e Rally.
Another world premiere at the Opel stand was the new Grandland X Hybrid4 with all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid combines the power of a 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine and two electric motors for a system output of up to 300hp. Preliminary WLTP fuel consumption.
Last but not least, the new Opel Zafira Life made its first appearance in front of a German trade fair audience in Frankfurt. Twenty years after the success began with the first generation in 1999, the story is now continuing with a newly developed fourth-generation model: the Zafira Life comes in a new dimension – in three vehicle lengths, highly versatile with space for up to nine people and with top comfort and assistance systems.
“At the IAA we at Opel will be showing how the future of the automobile will become reality,” said Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller. “We focus on the customer and their needs. Instead of prescribing the way forward, we offer the entire drive portfolio – from ground-breaking electric and hybrid drive to efficient combustion engines. All new models are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and already available to order.”
Lohscheller added: “Opel will be sustainably profitable, global and electric. By 2024, all Opel models will be electrified. Electrically driven vehicles will be especially important for the ‘last mile’ in urban areas, for example, for transportation services or businesses. This is why I am delighted to announce today that the Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life will already be electric in 2021. And the Vivaro van will be available as an electric version in the course of next year.”
The the new model of the bestseller, Opel Corsa, is available for the first time as a purely battery-electric Corsa-e with a 50kWh battery pack, 100kW (136hp) output and a range of up to 330 kilometres (WLTP). Moderate fuel consumption and an engaging drive are characteristic of all powertrain options and the emission values reach all the way to zero when driving the Corsa-e.
The sporty overall impression is matched by the reduced weight, the lightest Corsa even undercuts the thousand kilo mark, and the low seating position of the driver. Active and passive safety are also at a high level, and Opel engineers have finely tuned the chassis and the steering. In the new Corsa, Opel offers technologies and assistance systems that customers otherwise only know from higher vehicle classes.
A real highlight is the adaptive, glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix light, which Opel is making widely available for the first time in the mainstream small car segment. Other Corsa innovations include sensor-controlled Flank Guard, 180-degree panoramic rear view camera and automatic parking assistant, as well as systems such as Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control and Lane Keep Assist.
Corsa drivers and passengers are well connected and entertained with the new range of infotainment systems comprising Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen and the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro with 10.0-inch colour touchscreen, up to the fully digitised cockpit in the Corsa-e. In addition, the Corsa also offers the optional new “OpelConnect” service with live navigation, a direct link to breakdown assistance, emergency call and many other functions.
With the Corsa-e Rally, Opel is the first automobile manufacturer in the world to offer a battery-electric vehicle for customer rally sport. In 2020, Opel and the ADAC will start the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, the first rally brand cup for electric cars in the world, which will point the way ahead for motor sport far beyond the borders of Germany.
In addition to the new Corsa-e, the next model in the Opel electric offensive is the Grandland X with state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology and all-wheel drive. The propulsion system of the Grandland X Hybrid4 includes a WLTP-certified 147kW (200hp) 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. In addition, there is an electric drive system with two 80kW (109hp) electric motors and a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The front electric motor is coupled to an electrified eight-speed automatic transmission. The second electric motor, inverter and differential are integrated into the electrically powered rear axle to provide all-wheel traction on demand.
The Grandland X Hybrid4 will offer four driving modes – electric, hybrid, AWD and Sport. For example, choosing the hybrid mode allows the car to automatically select its most efficient method of propulsion, with the possibility of switching to electric mode for zero-emission driving when reaching a city centre – enabling the car to cover up to 59 kilometres in pure electric mode with zero emissions in the WLTP driving cycle (67-69 km according to NEDC).
The Sport mode enables more dynamic driving by combining the power of the engine and the electric motor. Selecting AWD mode activates the electrified rear axle for maximum traction on all kinds of roads. In order to further improve efficiency, the Grandland X Hybrid4 features a regenerative braking system to recover the energy produced under braking or deceleration.
For 20 years now, attractive, flexible and practical vans have been named Zafira. This credo continues at the 2019 IAA with the Opel Zafira Life. The fourth model generation is available in three lengths – the 4.60 metre “Small”, the 4.95 m “Medium” and the 5.30 m “Large” – each of which comes with up to nine seats. Most versions of the spacious van are less than 1.90 m high and can therefore access typical underground garages – important for use as a hotel shuttle, but also for private drivers who want to park their car everywhere without restrictions.
The new van also features a small turning circle, good handling and optionally two sensor-controlled sliding doors that open electrically with a movement of the foot – a comfort feature unique in this market segment. In the interior, the “S” version of the Zafira Life already offers up to 3,600 litres of loading volume, which can be increased to a maximum of 4,900 litres in the “L”. In addition, configurations with up to eight leather seats further increase comfort. And to top it all off, luxurious “Lounge“ trim is available with a movable table, plenty of legroom and 48 cm wide seat cushions in the rear.
The Zafira Life meets all demands – from the versatile interiors, high comfort and sophisticated driver assistance systems, to state-of-the-art infotainment, head-up display, camera and radar-based automatic speed control as well as IntelliGrip electronic traction control. The advanced technology is paired with a cool look, balanced proportions, short overhangs and the typical Opel fascia. Driver and passengers also benefit from a two-piece panorama glass-roof and an opening window in the tailgate as options.