AM Online


October 2014

An brand new Vauxhall Corsa will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September and sales will begin shortly afterwards across Europe. The new Corsa will be offered in three- and five-door shapes but will have a bolder look to it than the current model.

Based on Vauxhall’s new Gamma II platform that should help the next Corsa save more than 50kg in weight over the outgoing car, it promises to be better to drive too. This platform is already used for the Mokka, which has benefitted greatly from UK-specific tuning to its suspension for ride and handling improvements. Expect to see this filter through to the way the Corsa will handle bends and bumps.

New engines are also on the way and there will be three- and four-cylinder engines ranging between 1.0- and 1.4-litres. There will also be a turbocharged version of a 1.2-litre petrol motor, but Vauxhall will not confirm economy or carbon dioxide figures other than to say they will improve on those of the outgoing Corsa. We can also expect new 1.0- and 1.3-litre turbodiesel engines, while Vauxhall’s new 1.6-litre diesel will replace the 1.7 CDTi of the current car. Stop-start technology is likely to be standard on all Corsa models, while new gearboxes will see six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions offered

The looks of the new Corsa will be influenced by the Adam, though the Corsa will be a more conservative take on this approach that can also be seen on the Mokka. Expect the interior to follow the lead of the recently refreshed Insignia with a simpler, less fussy centre console. Vauxhall also promises more interior space for the Corsa, though the new car will not be significantly longer, wider or taller. Vauxhall also says the next Corsa’s cabin will demonstrate a marked increase in cabin quality.