Opel revealed last week that it will sell an all-electric version of the latest Corsa hatchback, its first new car after almost a century as GM's European subsidiary.
The new Corsa-e is based on the platform of the DS 3 Crossback, a small car from the French PSA Group, which bought Opel (and its British sibling Vauxhall) in 2017.
Opel claims a range of 205 miles (on the WLTP cycle) from the Corsa-e's 50-kwh battery, which it shares with the DS 3 Crossback. To get that far, though, drivers have to keep the car in its Eco mode setting. The Sport setting delivers quicker acceleration but with less range.
As with the DS 3 Crossback, which is aimed at upmarket buyers and competes with the Mini Countryman, the Corsa-e comes well-equipped with navigation, live traffic updates, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. A 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system comes standard, and a 10.0-inch screen is optional.
The Corsa-e, along with gas and diesel variants, goes on sale in Europe later this year. PSA plans to enter the U.S. market with new Peugeot-brand vehicles by 2026. Neither the DS nor Opel brands—or any of the company's current vehicles like the Corsa-e—are likely to be part of the company's American comeback plan.