The anticipated Karl entry-level subcompact model has made its official appearance during the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show, highlighting Opel’s new found reach as afar as affordable cars go.
The model will be up for grabs this year not only as an Opel model but also as the Vauxhall Viva, coming in below the Adam model as far as prices are concerned. It’s going to be a city-car level offering, boasting a length of just 3680 millimeters – though personalization efforts from Opel have gone a long way: customers have the choosing of ten exterior paint offerings and inside the Karl delivers heated front seats & steering wheel, a sunroof, park assist and lane departure warning or cruise control. The new IntelliLink infotainment system is also present and the steering rack has a city feature that diminishes turn effort. Weighing just 939 kg (2,070 lbs) and with a 2385 mm wheelbase the Karl can seat up to five persons without sacrificing luggage space – the 40/60 folding bench can deliver a cargo capacity close to 1,000 liters.
After the Geneva motor show public debut, the Karl will be offered in Germany starting this summer at a price of 9,500 euros – which is way lower than the more upscale Adam that begins at €11,750. The car will only have under the hood an all-aluminum three-cylinder 1.0-liter naturally aspirated engine that boasts 75 hp and sends that power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Assembly will be done for both the Opel Karl and Vauxhall Viva in South Korea.