New Vauxhall Corsa 2014 facelift release date & specs

12 Mar, 2014 3:37pm Paul Bond

All the latest details on new Vauxhall Corsa including pictures, release date and price

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.

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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.

2014 Vauxhall Corsa price and release date

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.

New Vauxhall Corsa interior and specs

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.

New Corsa to help Vauxhall aim for number 1 slot

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.”

Last year, the Corsa was the third best-selling car in the UK, behind the Ford Fiesta and Focus, with over 80,000 cars finding homes. That’s 30,000 more than were registered in Germany.

Vauxhall Corsa pictures

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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.

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Fussy design. Pity.

Very nice looking A Segment car now. The yellow one in the photo looks like a VXR or sportier version. Good work Opel.

Another car that will age quicker than a pint of milk.

So it's not really a 'new' Corsa then is it?

it wont be looking like that, however if it does look vaguely like the ADAM, then it will not do well, teh ADAM look as not aged very well, and Vauxhall, must learn from that and do something better.

That lower grille on the front is unappealing and won't help increase sales. Sure hope they don't muck up the Astra with it too.

I'm surprised that Vauxhall are rolling out design elements of the Adam to its mainstream models. I thought the Adam was supposed to appeal to those wanting something a bit different, with a special interior, but its going to end up just being a smaller version of any other Vauxhall

Dear AE commenters:
Your personal subjective opinions on styling are not fact, they are just your opinion. If you knew what you were talking about then you could earn big money in car design and market research. But you don't know and you don't do the latter. so nobody really cares what you think..

The Adam has been out for many Months.
I've seen a handfull in my area.
Yet i pass a Dacia on a daily basis.
Wake up Opel GM.
If this is just a facelift of the present model you are committing suicide!

At last Vauxhall has updated Corsa to bring it in line with the rivals. Interestingly however the delay didn't stop it being a sales hit in UK and Europe.
The fresh looks and the engines should help Vauxhall shift more. The influence of Adam on the new Corsa's styling is unmistakeable.

I think that is a sportier version (SXI/SRI), it doesn't have any of the design cues from the VXR models, e.g. Triangle intakes, triangle mirrors etc

Styling and appearance are vital aspects of car design and sales, so deserve more, not less discussion.

It's perhaps a pity that AE doesn't have a design guru like Robert Cumberford on board to write about the subject.

Good looking little car. Seen so many Adam's about so its influence in this will surely only make it sell.

Ford's Fiesta facelift looked more Scorpio than Aston Martin and they still sell shedloads!

The Adam sold 21,000 in Germany in 2013, a little less than the bigger Mokka. I've seen only a handful of Adams on UK roads though.

Seen loads of Adams.

True but most AE commenters drive old Rover 200s and know farcall about car styling. Armchair critics with no idea.

Old Rover 200s? Are there enough of these to go round? Doubt it! Still, the point about car styling is that you don't need to know much about it to 'know what you like.' And style does sell - I don't care for the pram-like Adam myself, but happy for those who disagree to buy one.

Vauxhall have done a nice job with this. This is a good looking car like all Vauxhalls these days.

Do you drive a VW group product by any chance?! because whenever people criticise VAG cars, the fanboys line of defence is always that they are clean simple and age well!

Nope - currently a PT Cruiser and last-gen long black Mondeo hearse estate, and very capacious it is too, with good ergonomics, and plenty of room for boats and bikes. Having said that, I like VAG cars for just the qualities you quote - clean, simple, age well.

that looks so stupid. Why this ridiculous moustache on all new vauxhalls? I would way prefer the Chevy Sonic, that may be crap, but it looks cool.

PT cruiser.

You are now banned from ever talking about cars again.

Ho ho - comfy PT has lots of chrome and is vinyled up as a promo vehicle… earns its keep nicely!

Seen quite a few on UK roads around my area. There are 2 brand new ones parked on drive ways on my street. Ones in lime green and the other is yellow with black tiger stripes... each to there own I guess.

its just an autoexpress image. it means nothing! Its using current corsa headlights and foglight surrounds. Theres no way it will look like this. Standard autoexpress with their photoshopping.

A PT Cruiser is surely a more heavily and fussily styled car than the Corsa in the picture above though!

Isn't the Rover 200 extinct?

Absolutely so - chosen specifically for its look-at-me US retro-style as a promo vehicle. Does the beans too.

My guess you either live in the Luton or Ellesmere port area.

The new more efficient engine line up sounds great and the new interior from the spy shots looks much better. Shame they appear to have completely ruined the front of, in my opinion, currently the best looking supermini. If they didn't do this but made the other changes and kept the amazingly low prices and great finance deals on current model then it may have been in with a chance of over taking Focus to number 2 spot maybe. Probably never make number 1 though unfortunately.

Why do car makers always seem to ruin the front end of a good looking car when they do a facelift version? (Yes I am aware the current Corsa is already a facelift but this was a rare exception that improved the look). Ford ruined the Fiesta with its latest facelift. Fiat ruined the Grande Punto with the Punto Evo facelift. Renault ruined the previous generation Clio. etc.
I hope Vauxhall/ Opel arent intending to 'revamp' their whole range to look like the Adam as they will very quickly go from having one of the best looking car ranges to the worst. The Adam is hideously ugly and, as others have commented, seems to be a sales flop. I have only seen 1 on the road (today actually) since its launch!

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