Vauxhall has unveiled its fourth-generation Corsa at the Paris Motor Show, with the new model hitting showrooms late this year.
Available to order now, the all-new Corsa is set to raise the class benchmark for driveability, comfort and practicality in a model that has become a household name for British small-car buyers.
Under the bonnet, new engines and transmissions will be available from launch. A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo just one of a raft of new engines from Vauxhall's new powertrain offensive will headline in the petrol offerings, while a much improved 1.3 CDTi, which meets stringent Euro-6 regulations, will appeal to diesel buyers.
The new, fourth-generation Corsa is near-identical in length to the current model and retains its enviable space utilisation for occupants. However, almost every other element of its design and engineering has changed, significantly improving the car's efficiency, connectivity and overall ownership experience.
All of the car's body panels are new, and provide greater definition between the 'sporty' look of the three-door and the 'premium' five-door models. For the first time on a Corsa the car's striking profile has been overlaid with Brit Mark Adams' sculptural design, including elements such as the 'blade' running across the lower door-sections.
Improved driveability to class-leading standards has been a key goal during the New Corsa's development, and to achieve this it has a completely re-designed chassis, with no carry-over componentry, and an emphasis on exceptional rolling refinement, ride quality, precise handling and stability.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall's chairman and managing director said: 'Corsa remains the best-selling car in Vauxhall's range, which is testament to the continued appeal of the current model to UK buyers, supported by a raft of innovative sales programmes that make the car even more enticing.
'So New Corsa has its work cut out both as a worthy replacement for the existing car later this year, and as a new challenger in a highly competitive class. We're confident that it will jump both hurdles with ease.'
by: Rebecca Chaplin