Opel has introduced an environment friendly ecoFLEX variant of its entry-level 2016 Karl hatchback. The ecoFLEX employs the use of stop/start technology helping to enhance fuel economy.
The 2016 Karl is powered by a 1.0 litre three cylinder ECOTEC engine that produces 55 kW (75 hp) of power. The engine offers fuel economy of 24.39 km/l with the use of the stop/start system in a combined cycle. It also features a reduction in CO2 emissions from 99 g/km in the standard hatchback to 94g per km in the ecoFLEX variant.
Opel mentions that the hatchback is fun to drive despite the use of economy enhancing technology. The new 1.0 litre all-aluminum engine offered in the 2016 Karl is a part of the brand’s accomplished three-cylinder gasoline engine family. During its development phase engineers focused on keeping the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels of the engine low.
This was achieved by the use of a low-resonance construction for the block while the exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head. The engine design also features a split oil pan and a sound absorbing cam cover which help in keeping the NVH levels low.
The 2016 KARL five-door model offers adequate room for five occupants with boot space up to 1,013 litres. Safety features like ABS, stability control ESPPlus, traction control TCPlus and Hill Start Assist will be offered as standard. Lane Departure Warning can be specified as an option. Additionally cornering lights has been integrated in to the fog lamps for more safety.
The entry-level hatchback will feature a new generation IntelliLink infotainment system with Opel OnStar connectivity, normally seen on more expensive cars. The 2016 Opel Karl will be made available from the fall of 2015, with prices starting at €9,950 in Germany.