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The newest member of the Opel family, the Karl (Vauxhall Viva) has been officially unveiled ahead of its sale date which has been scheduled for mid-2015.

After it has been spied a couple of times over the last few weeks, the brand new Opel Karl is finally ready to show its body as the car company has officially unveiled it. The model in question has been named after one of the company founder’s sons, while in the United Kingdom, this is called the Vauxhall Viva, reviving the name after the original stopped its production back in 1979.

The small city car is also expected to be offered in North America too, and possibly in other markets, but under the Chevrolet Spark moniker, which will be in its new generation. The Karl has been positioned at the bottom of the passenger car range signed by Opel and because it will be priced from less than 10,000 euros across the Old Continent, this means that it will go up against the Hyundai i10, the Fiat Panda, the Kia Picanto or the VW Up!.

The Opel Karl stands at 3,680 mm in length, which is making it slightly less shorter than the Adam, which sits in at 3,700 mm, while the new Corsa is 4,000 mm long, but it still offers enough space for five passengers. The vehicle in question will come with ten exterior paint jobs and with a cabin that will get features such as the park assist, the cruise control, sunroof, lane departure warning, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, IntelliLink infotainment system, a city mode for the steering system and several other goodies.

The chassis of the Opel Karl has been tweaked and the model is coming with hill start assist, traction control and electronic stability control. Power will be provided exclusively by a 1.0 liter naturally aspirated gasoline burner, which is producing a total output of 75 HP (55 kW), connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Karl is a front-wheel drive car. Opel will begin selling it in mid-2015 and the public debut will be made during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, in March.