Legendary Opel Corsa Lite Grown Up: Unveiling the 2023 Refresh

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Legendary Opel Corsa Lite Grown Up: Unveiling the 2023 Refresh

Opel has unveiled the highly anticipated refresh of its legendary Corsa range for 2023, bringing even more desirable features and impressive performance to this iconic German city car. Now in its sixth generation and after 40 years since its debut, the Opel Corsa continues to captivate drivers with its youthful appeal and advanced technology. The latest update sees turbocharged engines becoming standard across the range, enhancing both power and efficiency. In this article, we'll explore the exciting new features of the Opel Corsa Lite and its siblings, along with the best-in-class safety and driver assistance systems that make it stand out in its segment.

A Nostalgic Comeback: Opel Corsa Lite

The Opel Corsa Lite holds a special place in the hearts of South African drivers. Originally introduced as a South African-specific model in November 1996, this peppy hatchback quickly gained popularity, thanks to its 1.3-litre eight-valve engine and dynamic performance. The Corsa Lite remained in production until 2007, running alongside the third-generation Corsa hatch.

Turbocharged Powertrains Redefine Performance

The sixth generation of Opel Corsa brings back the beloved Lite name with a bang. The new entry-level Corsa Lite might be "Lite" in name, but it certainly doesn't skimp on specifications. At the heart of this hatchback is Opel's turbocharged 1.2-litre engine, delivering an impressive 74kW of power. This engine is shared with the mid-range Edition model, representing a significant upgrade from the previous entry-level Corsa's normally aspirated 55kW engine. The range-topping Elegance model boasts the even more powerful 96kW version of this remarkable engine. Coupled with OPEL's six-speed manual transmission and excellent aerodynamics, the Corsa Lite provides lively and fuel-efficient performance, with a drag coefficient of just 0.29.

A Well-Equipped and Safe Ride

The Opel Corsa Lite is far from just a budget option. It comes equipped with a range of impressive features that ensure both comfort and safety. Inside the cabin, you'll find front electric windows, air conditioning, and Eco LED headlamps. On the safety front, the Corsa Lite offers essential features such as tyre pressure monitoring and Active Lane Keep Assist. For the tech-savvy driver, the seven-inch touchscreen radio and IntelliLink Infotainment system offer seamless connectivity.

Explore the Corsa Family

The Corsa lineup expands beyond the Lite model, offering something for everyone. The Edition models come with added features like LED front fog lamps and front and rear parking sensors. For those seeking the ultimate in tech and sophistication, the Elegance models are brimming with high-end features typically found in larger cars.


The Opel Corsa Lite and its siblings are priced competitively, making them an excellent value for the features they offer:

  1. Corsa Lite 1.2T 74kW 6MT - R349 900 (Recommended retail price incl VAT)

  2. Corsa Edition 1.2T 74kW 6MT - R356 900 (Recommended retail price incl VAT)

  3. Corsa Elegance 1.2T 96kW 6AT - R436 900 (Recommended retail price incl VAT)

Confidence on the Road: Opel Complete Care

When you purchase a new Opel Corsa, you get the peace of mind of Opel Complete Care. This includes a standard five-year/120,000 km Warranty and a three-year/45,000 km Service plan, ensuring you have a worry-free ownership experience.


The 2023 Opel Corsa range, including the highly anticipated Corsa Lite, offers a compelling package that combines everyday driving fun with advanced technology and safety features. With turbocharged engines now standard across the lineup, the Corsa range is more energetic and efficient than ever. Whether you opt for the Lite, Edition, or Elegance model, you'll be treated to an exceptional driving experience in a car that has a legendary heritage and a bright future.

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