2019 proved to be quite an eventful year for most automakers. A range of new models of SUVS and hatches were launched throughout the year and consumers were left with a variety of options to choose from. Opel was one of those that had a busy year with a variety of new derivatives launched as well as a commercial range.

It looks like 2020 will be the year of hatches with Opel planning to introduce the all new Corsa and facelifted Astra during the year. Opel also plans on expanding its van range with the introduction of the new Zafira Life as well as the Vivara Cargo panel van. That should add some competition in the bus and commercial van segments.

Let’s take a quick look at what we can expect from Opel:

Opel Astra

While the littler Corsa is an all-new model, the Astra is a facelift of the current rendition and despite the fact that it holds its GM underpinnings, the 2020 Astra inherits some new motors from the PSA stable. The chassis has been given certain upgrades as well, with a Watts Link back hub being offered in the sports variation, while the lodge has been spruced up with a computerized speedometer and an overhauled infotainment framework.

Opel Zafira Life

The new Opel Zafira Life is Opel’s response to the Volkswagen Kombi, and with up to nine seats on offer, it will be focused on both families and business customers. The importer says neighborhood models will be accessible with a 2-liter turbodiesel motor, with outputs not mentioned as yet, although European clients get the chance to pick between two yield variations: 110kW and 130kW.

The new van additionally brags a range of propelled driver assist highlights and infotainment frameworks.

Opel Corsa

Opel’s sixth generation Corsa is all-new right from the beginning, shifting onto Peugeot’s minimized vehicle stage that also underpins the new 208, and as such it is lighter than its predecessor, with kerb weights starting at just 980kg. In spite of the fact that the South African motor line-up may be confirmed closer to dispatch, European customers have a huge number of options, including petrol, diesels, and the first ever electric variation.

As usual we are excited about any new launches and personally, I can’t wait. Test driving one of these would definitely be the cherry on top of my 2020 new car review cake.

By Noni Nchwe