Along with unveiling the updated version of its Antara crossover at the 2010 Bologna Motor Show, Opel pulled the sheet off of its 2011 Corsa ecoFlex subcompact, a diesel powered hatchback that is capable of achieving a U.S.-rated 53 mpg.
Powering the über-efficient Corsa is a 1.3L CDTI turbodiesel that puts out a measly 98 hp but a substantial 140 lb.-ft. of torque – a 28 percent improvement from last year’s model. What’s more, the Corsa ecoFlex has start/stop technology as a standard feature, which cuts the engine when the vehicle is at a stop (like during a red light, or a traffic jam) and starts right back up again when the foot leaves the brake pedal. This in turn helps shave away additional fuel usage.
While the Corsa ecoFlex is a far cry from anything sporty (0-62 mph is rated at 12.3 seconds – roughly the same amount of time it takes wet paint to dry) – 53 mpg is very impressive and should be a huge incentive for those looking to slip into a new subcompact… except if consumers are eying the even more efficient Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion, which achieves just over 59 mpg. For more details check out the presser below.