The acclaimed Vauxhall Astra GTC will inspire the look of Opel-Vauxhall’s fifth-generation Corsa, insiders have revealed. The new supermini, scheduled to go into production in April 2014, will also feature a range of efficient new engines and could weigh less than a tonne in entry-level form as part of a weight-saving campaign.
Key to the Corsa’s success could be its Astra GTC-derived styling. The current Corsa’s looks have been a hit, and switching to a more dramatic and rakish style, while maintaining the current ‘grown-up’ dynamics, could prove to be a successful formula in evolving the car and maintaining its success.
The three-door model, depicted here in our artist’s rendering, will be a more daring design than the five-door with an almost coupé-like profile, although the two cars will share the same GTC-inspired front end with large headlights and a slim chrome grille. Vauxhall’s familiar ‘blade’ surfacing in the doors is also tipped to feature.
Underpinning the new Corsa, known internally as ‘Corsa E’, will be GM’s global Gamma II platform for small cars. It has already been seen beneath the latest Chevrolet Aveo and will also be used for Vauxhall’s upcoming Mokka compact SUV.
The platform is adaptable to various lengths and widths, but the Corsa is unlikely to grow too much from its current 3999mm length, 1737mm width and 1488mm height in its current five-door guise.
The steel platform, understood to be around 50kg lighter than the current Corsa’s underpinnings thanks to weight-saving features including tailored blanks, has been designed by GM’s fast-expanding Korean arm. But insiders have confirmed that much of the engineering for the next Corsa will take place in Germany to ensure it is suited to European tastes.