Opel has confirmed their recently revealed Karl hatchback will make its official in-person debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The Karl, which will be called the Vauxhall Viva in the United Kingdom, is Opel’s all-new A-segment city car, replacing the Agila and helping to fill in the gap left by the departed Chevrolet Spark.
The Karl is avaialble in three trim levels, Essentia, Enjoy and Cosmo, and comes with Opel’s new 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecotec engine under its hood, good for 75 horsepower and up to 54 MPG on the European cycle. The car rides on GM’s Global Small Vehicles architechture, which also sits beneathe the Chevrolet Sonic and Trax, updated by Opel to provide “exceptional safety and comfort,” along with improved driving performance, the automaker says.
In addition to an updated chassis and new engine, the Karl has several driving assist features previous Opel A-segment cars did not including Hill Start Assist and Park Assist. The more premiuim-feeling, upscale interior is also available with heated seats, a heated steering wheel, Aux-in and USB ports and a six-speaker audio system.
Additional details and more announcements in regards to the new Karl may become available following its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.