The Vauxhall Corsa 2014 will get an Adam-style overhaul inside and out for 2014, and will be revealed in full at the Paris Motor Show in September.
It's likely to have the same doors and tail end as the current car, but get a revised interior and a new-look front end to make it look more like the Vauxhall Adam city car. Our exclusive images show the car in full, based on the spy shots and information on the car that we have gathered.
Swept-back, intricate-looking headlights, a low front number plate and a wide grille will be the main aspects of the new-look 2014 Corsa. There's a new low-set grille, complete with a single bar running across the middle and a large centrally mounted Vauxhall badge.
The new Corsa is expected to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show 2014 in September, with a release date close to the end of the year. Don't expect the price to change much, as this is simply a facelift and not a whole new model - although the differences in equipment could mean it's a little more expensive than the current model.
Designer Mark Adams spoke to Auto Express at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 about how the car was taking shape.
“People have been saying that it’s going to be a stretched Adam, but it will have a personality of its own, even though they will share some of the brand D.N.A.” he explained. However he was also very confident that when the new Vauxhall Corsa does make its global debut, it will redefine interior quality in the small car segment.
“I want to make a statement and say that I think the interior of the new Corsa will be the best supermini cabin in the market place.” Adams said. “This is an area we are really dialing up more and more.”
When we asked him who he thought currently built the best interiors in the class he told us: “Well my team benchmarks against Audi for quality and finish. They are the best in the business. I want to match them in that area – but also make a car that feels warm and fun, not too calculated and clinical.”
Our interior spy shots also reveal that the thick-rimmed steering wheel, glossy black plastics and chrome trim are similar to those in the Adam. Plus, you can see the soft-touch dash and instruments lifted from the city car, which uses a shorter version of the Corsa platform.
As with the Adam, Vauxhall is expected to offer two infotainment systems. The one in our picture is the lower-spec version, while buyers will be able to opt for an Intellilink touchscreen that will allow them to download apps like sat-nav through their smartphones for use in the car.
Spearheading the range of new engines will be a new 113bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, which will also be added to the Adam line-up. This engine uses a turbo, direct injection and stop-start to boost efficiency, and will be combined with a new six-speed manual. A high-performance version, using the 1.6-litre petrol from the Cascada, is coming, too.
In addition, the Corsa is likely to be offered with Vauxhall’s new 1.6 CDTi diesel. This will meet Euro VI emissions rules, and emit less than 100g/km of CO2.
Vauxhall insiders have also told Auto Express that the many special editions of the outgoing Corsa inspired the huge range of personalisation options on the MINI-rivalling Adam. So while the next-generation Corsa won’t have such enormous scope for customisation, buyers will certainly be able to stamp their own personal touch on the car.
Vauxhall chairman and managing director, Duncan Aldred, has revealed his desire to see his company take the coveted number one sales slot from Ford.
Speaking to Auto Express, Aldred said: “Yes, I want to be number one. I want to be number one in retail [private sales] and I want to be number one in true fleet [not including self-registration]. We’re looking to be number one in the most profitable parts of the business.”
These are the clearest images yet of the new supermini contender – which is being prepped for a global debut in September this year at the Paris Show. It has previously been rumored that this car was just a facelift, as this particular test mule shares the same boot, door panels and foot print as the current model, but its new front-end is clearly visible beneath the black and white camouflage.
However Auto Express has learned that these mules are definitely the fourth generation of car to wear the Corsa badge. At the front, curving, boomerang shaped headlights and the wide, split-level grille are both borrowed from the Adam city car. A stretched front bumper makes the new Corsa seem a bit wider and lower than before, although the actual dimensions are largely unchanged.
The new car has also been spotted testing near Opel’s Rüsselsheim HQ in Germany, and at the Nürburgring. Plus, prototypes have been seen on roads near Millbrook proving ground in the UK. Vauxhall is targeting improved ride and handling in the UK, the biggest European market for the model, to boost its appeal here.