The latest reports are suggesting that the German carmaker will discontinue three models from the current lineup. This small city car is among them and we may presume the reason for such a move. Simply, the Karl is nothing more than a rebadged version of Chevrolet Spark. Moreover, the model is produced in Korea, in GM’s assembly. Given the fact that Opel is now part of PSA Group, we may presume that the management is about to find new assemblies for future models. This also means new nameplates. All this clearly indicates that the 2020 Opel Karl could be the last model year in production, as discontinuation is expected to happen pretty soon.
2020 Opel Karl Redesign
Given the fact that the new model is about to end production in the near future, we don’t expect to see any particular change in the 2020 Opel Karl. This model looks quite nice. It features the same overall shape as Spark, but also comes with Opel’s recognizable front face. That is actually the only major difference between the two models.
When it comes to base design characteristics, the two models are identical. They ride on the same platform and share mechanics. Naturally, the overall shape is the same as well and one of the things that makes these two models particularly attractive is the fact that the ground clearance is a little bit higher compared to most rivals, so many see them as a kind of crossovers as well.
2020 Opel Karl Interior
Inside, it’s the same story. The cabin looks pretty much the same as in the Chevy. The dashboard is simple and features mostly hard plastics. Still, that is a pretty typical thing for the class, as well as quite basic controls. Still, you can find some quite fancy details on the dashboard, particularly at the center stack, where you can get a touchscreen interface and other kinds of tech goodies. The thing that makes this model look better than its counterpart is the steering wheel, which comes directly from Opel’s higher-grade models. It looks very attractive, especially if you get versions with mounted controls.
When it comes to practicality and functionality, don’t expect too much from this model. Given the size, a tight rear bench seems like a natural thing. The front seats offer a decent amount of space, though we would like a little bit more support. Still, keep in mind that this is a city car, not some mid-size crossover that is designed for long journeys.
2020 Opel Karl Engines
Under the hood, things are pretty familiar with this model. There is just one engine in the offer. It is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, which is good for about 75 horsepower. A good thing is that you have a choice between a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic gearbox. As you may presume, the driving experience definitely isn’t the strongest point of this small city car. Given the engine’s power, acceleration is weak but on the other side, the fuel economy is pretty amazing. You can count on about 4.3 liters per 100km or if you like, 66 miles per gallon.
2020 Opel Karl Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2020 Opel Karl by the end of the year. The price has always been the strongest point of this small car, as base models go under 10.000 Euro (8000 GBP in the UK). The vehicle will be discontinued soon and it looks like the company is already preparing a successor. The exact details are still unavailable, but it looks like it will be an all-electric vehicle. More details should come in the next couple of months.