The newcomer is slightly larger than its predecessor – 183mm longer, 61mm wider and 52mm taller. It has a deliberately different look to the three-door, which is aimed at a younger, sportier market.
As well as more passenger space than the outgoing car, the boot can carry up to 1,100 litres with the seats down.
The luggage space comes thanks to a new system known as ‘DualFloor’, where the load bay can be set on two different height levels thanks to a removable top floor panel. When removed, the top panel can be used as a vertical divider to separate the load bay into two sections, helping to prevent shopping from rolling around the load bay.
A further innovation is ‘FlexFix’ – an integral carrier system similar to that shown on the 2004 Opel Trixx concept car. Available as an option on all new Corsas, FlexFix is pulled out from the rear bumper of the car like a drawer and can safely carry two bicycles, yet completely retracts into the bumper when not in use (pictured).
Other new technology offered across the range includes halogen AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting), cornering brake control and an optional panorama sunroof.
Five-door versions of new Corsa will have an identical engine line-up to the three-door, with 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines, as well as the 1.3-litre CDTi common-rail diesel, producing 70 or 90PS. An all-new 1.7-litre CDTi unit with 125PS will also be on offer.
Prices and specifications for both three and five-door versions of New Corsa will be announced when the model debuts at the British International Motor Show in July.