The Brussels Show has barely come to an end, and we are already getting prepared for the Geneva Show. Opel will launch there its cute compact five seater, the KARL. A microcar of just 3.68 meters long and 1.48 meters high, it will still offer space for five persons. Under the bonnet will be latest generation one-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine that emits 99 g/km CO2.
Customers can choose from three equipment levels for the new Opel KARL – Essentia, Enjoy and Cosmo. It can be outfitted in ten different body colors from “Night Violet” to “Kiwi Green”.
Its new engine is the 1.0 ECOTEC with 55 kW/75 hp, an all-aluminum unit. It is coupled to a five speed manual transmission. Buyers can opt for a so-called ecoFlex package, consisting of an aerodynamically optimized front spoiler lip and roof spoiler. The Karl then uses 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers. This coFlex package includes further elements such as especially low-rolling-resistance tires.
The KARL has a track width of 1,410 mm (front) and 1.416 mm (rear) together with the 2.385 mm long wheelbase. Tipping the scales at 939 kg, the five-door KARL is a lightweight.
The asymmetrical (40%:60%) split foldable rear seat back (optional with Enjoy, standard with Cosmo) enables good loading space. With the rear seat backs folded down, KARL offers almost 1,000 liters of stowage area up to the roof.
In addition to standard Hill Start Assist, there is Lane Departure Warning available, integrated in the front camera. Like the ADAM and Corsa, KARL also features the City mode that reduces steering effort at the push of a button (from Enjoy).
Standard from the Enjoy trim level, there is Cruise control with speed limiter which is extremely helpful in residential areas with a 30 km/h speed limit.
There I also a winter package, which ensures heated front seats along with the heated leather steering wheel.
In its Cosmo trim level, KARL includes the R300 BT radio with six loudspeakers, Aux-in and USB ports as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. It can be combined with DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting).
Opel will marhet the car at an entry-level price below 10.000 Euros.
Hans Knol ten Bensel