Opel counts on Qualcomm for the new Corsa

Opel counts on Qualcomm for the new Corsa

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Opel has unveiled the new generation of its Corsa compact car with great fanfare. Its electronics equipment is a sight to behold.

Not only has the Stellantis subsidiary Opel (in the UK: Vauxhall) given its popular bestseller Corsa a design refresh on the outside, but a generational change has also taken place under the hood and in the electronics department. The most obvious sign of this for drivers and passengers is the new digital cockpit, in which a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm provides the necessary computing and graphics power. The integrated cockpit platform also handles infotainment tasks. The Snapdragon processor is also capable of AI algorithms to a certain extent. However, the manufacturer did not reveal the exact tasks for which they are used at first.

When designing the system, Opel’s designers followed the principle of “detox to the max” – which probably means that the driver should not be inundated with visual stimuli and the operation should be kept as simple as possible. Developed for the current Astra generation, the engineers have now transferred this principle to the Corsa. According to the manufacturer, this design principle is reflected in the design of the displays, for example.

The developers’ goal was intuitive readability; the information in the 10-inch color touch display of the navigation and multimedia systems and in the driver info display should be able to be grasped and understood within fractions of a second. The navigation system offers natural voice recognition, connected services and over-the-air updates – all things that are by no means a matter of course in this vehicle segment. The ability to dock smartphones to the system via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is more of a standard feature – in the new Corsa, this is even possible wirelessly.

Opel’s engineers also demonstrated high-tech ambition when it came to the lighting. Although IntelliLux LED matrix lighting has been available for the Corsa (as an option) since 2019, the new generation now contains 14 instead of eight individually controllable LED elements. This is intended, for example, to blank out oncoming road users better than before in line with the situation, the automaker assures.

In addition, Opel has equipped the compact car with all the assistance systems that are common today. This ranges from intelligent cruise control to front collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic hazard braking. In addition, there is a new, high-resolution rearview camera with a particularly wide coverage area.

And, of course, the innovation is also reflected in the powertrain. In addition to the usual combustion engines, two purely electrically powered variants will be available. Equipped with the 100 kW electric motor, the car can travel up to 357 km (according to WLTP), while the variant with the 115 kW motor is even said to have a range of 402 km. All of this cannot be verified yet, because the vehicle is not yet available – when exactly it will hit the road is still written in the stars. Opel is only letting this much out: Production is scheduled to start this year.

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