That it will become one of the first superminis to use the PSA Group’s new CMP platform makes it difficult to foresee what kind of immediate advancements it’ll make, although we should expect the Vauxhall’s engine range and interior architecture to change radically.
A smarter, more contemporary, better-laid- out cabin would be high on the list of things you’d say the new Corsa needs, as would a packaging rethink. The car has always erred towards practicality rather than overt design appeal, so a modest interior growth spurt is likely, adding second-row passenger space and boot space in particular, plus a small weight saving.
We’d expect significant improvements to be made to the car’s ride and handling too, although between the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and a renewed Renault Clio, it’ll have tough acts to beat. Consider also that PSA hasn’t built a supermini of genuinely outstanding dynamic calibre since the Peugeot 205.
Not that it’ll be Peugeot or Citroën engineers doing the tuning of the Corsa, mind you. The simple fact is that until we get our first taste of what kind of supermini the CMP architecture can produce, we won’t know how good the new Corsa might be to drive.