The first undisguised pictures of the new Vauxhall Corsa have appeared online ahead of its expected debut at the Paris motor show in October.
Taken during an official photoshoot for the car, pictures of this five-door model have been published on blogautomobile.fr and since circulated online. The new Corsa is likely to go on sale before the end of this year, with order books opening following its Paris debut.
Based on a heavily revised version of the current car's platform, the new Corsa takes on similar looks to the current Vauxhall Adam, including that car's more prominent front grille and larger company logo. A new lower air intake can also be seen at the front alongside revised headlight clusters and an overall softer shape than the current car. At the rear, a smaller screen sits alongside a new boot aperture and newly designed tail-light clusters.
Vauxhall is expected to considerably lift the interior of the current car to make it more premium. That means a leap both in terms of fit and finish but also in terms of the materials used and the technology on offer. A larger central infotainment screen than offered on today's car is likely.
Engines powering the new model are set to include a range of turbocharged petrol options between 1.0 and 1.4-litres in capacity. They'll sit alongside a frugal 1.6-litre diesel.
The firm's design director Mark Adams has already spoken about the importance of the new Corsa. He says the model will make Vauxhall competitive again, and will take the car to "a different level". In an interview late last year Adams said: "In the UK the Corsa has been consistently first or second on the sales lists, we're confident the new car will take it to the next level." He also noted the new car would have better perceived quality, as well as a sophisticated feel.
The Corsa will become the first of two major new product launches for Vauxhall in the coming months. We've recently spotted plenty of new Astra prototypes testing, with that model due to reach showrooms before the end of next year.
Rumours also continue to circulate regarding Vaxhall's new budget model, which is based on the next-generation Chevrolet Spark and will aim to take on the Dacia Sandero when it goes on sale as early as next year. Sources suggest that model could be priced from as little as £6000, and could be the first in a trio of new models smaller than the Corsa.
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