Paris Motor Show LIVE: Opel Corsa image

After it was previewed earlier this year, Opel decided to finally showcase to the general audience the latest generation of the best-selling subcompact Corsa during the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The model – key to Opel’s European recovery – is slotted to enter series production later this year and features an evolutionary design that takes numerous cues form the smaller and trendier Adam. Actually, seen flat form the side, the five-door model could easily be mistaken for the outgoing model. The new Corsa features most of the changes when it comes to the back and front, and in our humble opinion, again the three-door’s styling is better than the more familial five-door version.

Fortunately, the revolution has been saved for the model’s interior, where the cabin features a complete redesign, with better quality materials and a modern take. There’s a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, gloss black trim and metallic accents. Gadget lovers will be happy to see the new IntelliLink infotainment system that features a 7-inch display, Bluetooth connectivity and Siri Eyes Free compatibility.

Prices in Germany for the Corsa E start at 11,980 euros for the three-door and if you want the added functionality of the five-door you’ll need to shell another 750 euros on top of that.

Engine variants when sales start before the year ends are not very numerous, but Opel is sure to add more options as time passes. For now, we can order a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol with 90 PS (66 kW) and 115 PS (84 kW); a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol that delivers 100 PS (73 kW) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque; a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter petrol with 70 PS and a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter petrol with 90 PS. The only diesel choice is the 1.3-liter CDTi that can be had in 75 and 95 PS variants.