Vauxhall's best-seller will finally enter its next generation this year; it will be available in petrol, diesel and electric form
22 May 2019

Vauxhall is getting ready for one of its biggest launches in years, the all-new Corsa, but the unveiling appears to have been spoiled in advance.

The new Vauxhall Corsa-e has been officially revealed. Click here for details

The fifth-generation Ford Fiesta rival isn't due to be officially revealed for a couple of weeks, but what look to be official press images have reportedly been leaked online by French automotive forum Worldscoop and promptly taken down. 

The images show the new Corsa will have a distinctly different design from the new Peugeot 208, with which it shares its platform and underpinnings. The proportions will be similar between both cars, however, with the new Corsa being lower and wider than its predecessor. The front end takes several cues from the Grandland X SUV, while the rear is clearly related to the Astra

The shots are of the electric variant, which was expected to be revealed before the petrol and diesel variants. After an official launch next month, sales of the new Corsa in all three variations are expected to begin by the autumn. 

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Corsa cornering

All-new Vauxhall Corsa raises its game with the end result being a classy supermini that’s decent to drive, but still short of the benchmark set by the Ford Fiesta

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Autocar understands that the EV will be sold as the Vauxhall eCorsa in the UK, but the images appear to show that the Opel version sold elsewhere will be named the Corsae.

Camouflaged prototypes were previously shown being subjected to temperatures of -30deg celsius in Sweden, carrying out chassis tuning at a test circuit and being analysed by electrical engineers in a laboratory. 

Vauxhall recently confirmed that the fifth-generation Corsa weighs up to 108kg less than the its predecessor. 

According to Vauxhall, depending on specification, the new supermini can weigh as little as 980kg - roughly 130kg less than the lightest Ford Fiesta. 

The weight loss comes courtesy of new high-strength steel bodywork, lightweight interior insulation materials and a range of all-aluminium powertrains. 

Like the range-topping variant of the current Insignia, the new Corsa will have an aluminium bonnet weighing 2.4kg less than the steel unit fitted to the current model, as shown in a breakdown of weight savings published by the manufacturer (below).

The new Corsa is the first mainstream Vauxhall produced entirely under the brand's new owner, the PSA Group, and is crucial to Vauxhall and Opel's success, given the model's historic popularity. It will also be both brands' first model to be sold with a purely battery-electric variant.

A preview image, released earlier this year, showed the Corsa's headlights will feature adaptive-beam full LED technology - claimed to be a segment first. Usually the preserve of premium models, the LEDs are able to continuously adapt the full beam pattern to stop it from causing glare to oncoming traffic. 

PSA growth plan includes range expansion and new markets 

The Corsa will set the tone for a new wave of Vauxhall-Opel models, each of which will be overhauled thanks to access to new platforms, engines and hardware that are also used across the group’s other car brands: PeugeotCitroën and DS.

The new Corsa has been developed in an unusually fast time. Less than two years will have elapsed since work began, just as the deal to buy Vauxhall-Opel was being agreed between PSA and General Motors.

The quick turnaround is due to PSA reversing the original decision for the next Corsa to be based on GM’s architecture. Once PSA had taken over Vauxhall-Opel, it would have been required to pay a licensing fee to GM to use the platform, something boss Carlos Tavares is keen to avoid. 

Vauxhall-Opel boss Michael Lohscheller has previously told Autocar that the new Corsa will not be compromised in any way.

"It’s true that we had a version ready to go, and you can’t just stretch a design to fit a new platform," he said, "but the teams have done a fantastic job in record time to ensure that the car is on schedule.”

The new Corsa is based on PSA’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), a front-wheel-drive architecture. The Corsa will also dip into PSA’s engine line-up and is likely to adopt the turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit in a variety of power outputs.

Comment: PSA plans for a better Vauxhall Corsa

Despite the switch to a new platform, the Mk6 Corsa’s dimensions are understood to closely match the outgoing model’s. Vauxhall chose to launch the current Corsa in 2014 with near-identical dimensions to its predecessor, because the company felt it was the ideal size for customers. This strategy is expected to continue. The current Corsa is 4021mm long, 1736mm wide and 1479mm tall, dimensions that make it slightly longer and taller, but narrower, than the existing 208.

The design of the Corsa was set to be evolutionary before the plan for a GM-derived model was axed. Now, to mark a new era for the model under PSA ownership, it has been radically changed.

The three-door Corsa will be axed, reflecting an industry trend to discontinue such bodystyles, which are less popular with buyers. Producing only a five-door Corsa will also help Vauxhall-Opel’s drive for greater efficiency and increased profitability.

Inside, the Corsa looks set to receive PSA’s familiar touchscreen infotainment system, but the overall feel of the interior seems distinct from that of the 208.

Although the Peugeot 208 will get an electric variant first, it and the Corsa will be among the select few in the supermini segment to adopt electrified powertrains. Key rivals such as the Ford Fiesta are not expected to go electric for many years yet. The electric range of the eCorsa is likely to be about 210 miles, in line with zero-emissions rivals such as the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.

The current Corsa was once the UK’s second-best-selling car but is currently fifth in the sales charts, selling less than half of the Fiesta’s sales total each month. The new model will be built at Vauxhall-Opel's plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

The price of the new Corsa is expected to rise slightly over today’s £13,575 starting point for the five-door model but still undercut the 208. 

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3 August 2018

 If only new Cars could look like the drawings, the concept model, maybe Vauxhall will go radical?

Peter Cavellini.

8 February 2019

Exactly!!!

How hard can it be to design something a bit more attractive? 

They are actually incredibly reliable. I have an Astra, made 1997, all its had in my 15 year ownership is a new exhaust box.

If only they looked a bit more decent

Jameson

8 February 2019
LJames wrote:

They are actually incredibly reliable. I have an Astra, made 1997, all its had in my 15 year ownership is a new exhaust box.

Alternatively, my less than three year old astra has had a new clutch, new air con compressor, the boot lock failed and 5 individual bits of trim have fallen off. Its a shame, as its incredibly refined and economical, but I'm very glad it wasnt my own money that paid for it and that it goes back next week.

10 February 2019

L James car was more reliable than Bob cat Brian's because it was designed and built with far less stuff that can go wrong. It was older. Thats why if you must buy new in this sector you buy a Polo or Golf. If someone else is paying it matters not. Here in the USA, you buy Honda or Toyota for affordable everyday transport, although Kia and Hyundai are starting to make a case. Corsa's have served millions of drivers as a cheap, small, economical car. Back in the 80's when Toyota decided to make the Camry 'better' than the Lexus they did, and in doing so showed what can be done if the workforce buys in. With Brexit looming all of the British Car Industry s free from the shackles of the EU and has the opportunity to produce a product superior to  the EU remnants. Seize the opportunity and make the British car industry great again, McLaren, Rolls Royce and Bentley are all doing stellar business, so we know Britain can deliver. 

8 April 2019
Boris9119 wrote:

L James car was more reliable than Bob cat Brian's because it was designed and built with far less stuff that can go wrong. It was older. Thats why if you must buy new in this sector you buy a Polo or Golf. If someone else is paying it matters not. Here in the USA, you buy Honda or Toyota for affordable everyday transport, although Kia and Hyundai are starting to make a case. Corsa's have served millions of drivers as a cheap, small, economical car. Back in the 80's when Toyota decided to make the Camry 'better' than the Lexus they did, and in doing so showed what can be done if the workforce buys in. With Brexit looming all of the British Car Industry s free from the shackles of the EU and has the opportunity to produce a product superior to  the EU remnants. Seize the opportunity and make the British car industry great again, McLaren, Rolls Royce and Bentley are all doing stellar business, so we know Britain can deliver. 

 

Its his clutch and boot boot lock that have given trouble not any of the techy bits. These will be much the same as 1997 components. 

Yes RR and Bentley are doing well - Thanks to BMW and VW ownership and technology respectively. A hard Brexit will kill the car industry - and everything else stone dead rather than heralding a golden era. Our politicians have showed the world how organised and capable we are in recent weeks and months. This inability to collaborate and thinking only of personal agendas characterises British corporate life as well. 

29 April 2019
LJames wrote:

Exactly!!!

How hard can it be to design something a bit more attractive? 

They are actually incredibly reliable. I have an Astra, made 1997, all its had in my 15 year ownership is a new exhaust box.

If only they looked a bit more decent

are you sure thats all i mean i have see the thing, it doesnt look like much but it sounds like a sports car exaust must have something wrong with it anyway just ask EC to fix it!!!

#IDONTPROOFREAD

22 May 2019

Funny you should say that. When I saw teh picture above, I thought "What a nice looking car...". Oh well, chaque un and all that.

Happy motoring

3 August 2018

 If only new Cars could look like the drawings, the concept model, maybe Vauxhall will go radical?

Peter Cavellini.

3 August 2018

 If only new Cars could look like the drawings, the concept model, maybe Vauxhall will go radical?

Peter Cavellini.

9 February 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 If only new Cars could look like the drawings, the concept model, maybe Vauxhall will go radical?

 

Ok ok Peter Drivellini, once is enough.

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