New 2020 Vauxhall Corsa joins range at Frankfurt
Vauxhall has confirmed the all-new Corsa will start from £15,550, with first deliveries starting in January 2020
Vauxhall has announced the all-new Corsa, which has hit the stands at the 2019 Frankurt Motor Show, will be priced from £15,550 in the UK, rising to £25,990 for top-spec models. First deliveries are due in January 2020.
Four trim levels featurre on the new Corsa range. Entry-level SE variants come with 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch infotainment system, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. Satellite navigation is an £740 extra.
Vauxhall’s mid-range SRi model starts at £18,700 and adds a sporty exterior styling pack, a black roof, LED tail lights, a chrome-tipped exhaust, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors and an alarm. Inside, buyers get electric rear windows, hands free calling capability, a sport mode and a set of aluminium pedals.
The Corsa Elite Nav is priced from £18,990. It builds on the Corsa SRi’s specification, adding front and rear parking sensors, LED front fog lamps, electrically folding door mirrors and chrome exterior trim. Its interior gets faux-leather and fabric upholstery, ambient LED lighting and satellite navigation as standard. Vauxhall’s range-topping Corsa Ultimate Nav is priced at £25,990.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, keyless entry and start, electronic climate control, an electronic handbrake, leather seats with a massage function for the driver and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.
Buyers have the choice of two petrol and one diesel engine. The range opens with a turbocharged 74bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol mated to a five-speed gearbox and offers CO2 emissions of 93g/km. Above that sits a more powerful version of the same 1.2-litre engine, producing 99bhp and 205Nm of torque. It’s the same PSA PureTech unit found in Peugeot and Citroen models, and can be specced with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The diesel option is PSA’s turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 101bhp and 250Nm of torque and, thanks to its exhaust after-treatment system (which includes an AdBlue injector, a unique catalytic converter and a Diesel Particulate Filter), it produces 85g/km of CO2. The engine can only be had with a six-speed manual gearbox.
A fully electric Corsa-e arrives in April priced from £26,490, inclusive of the government plug-in car grant. It’s powered by a 134bhp electric motor and has a claimed range of 211 miles.
New 2020 Vauxhall Corsa: engines, tech and release date announced
Vauxhall has confirmed that two petrol engines and one diesel unit will be joining the Corsa-e. The range kicks off with an entry-level 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 75bhp and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Sitting above it is a three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo that develops 99bhp and 250Nm of torque. This is the same PSA PureTech unit that’s found in Peugeot and Citroen models, and Vauxhall says it will be available with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox options.
The diesel is PSA’s BlueHDi 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 99bhp and 250Nm of torque. However, it’s expected to make up only a small percentage of Corsa sales.
Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. Inside, all Corsas share identical cabins, which centre around an all-new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro.
New Vauxhall Corsa: platform and weight saving
Vauxhall claims its new supermini will strike a keen balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to its fresh lightweight underpinnings, redesigned bodyshell and new aluminium engines. The brand claims a 10 per cent reduction in weight across the range, with the lightest variant squeezing under the one-tonne mark, with a kerb weight of just 980kg.
The new Vauxhall Corsa’s body will be constructed from a range of high-strength steels, stitched together in the most weight-conscious manner, saving a total of 40kg over the outgoing model. A new aluminium bonnet will also replace the previous Corsa’s steel unit, saving a further 2.4kg.
Under the bonnet, Vauxhall’s latest range of aluminium three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will save around 15kg over the old Corsa’s four-cylinder units. Inside, 10kg has been shaved off the seats, losing 5.5kg at the front and 4.5kg at the rear. In total, the firm claims a total weight saving of 108kg.
Despite the weight loss, the upcoming Corsa is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase unlocking more interior and boot space. It looks like the newcomer will be sold strictly as a five-door model.
Due to Vauxhall’s recent acquisition by the PSA Group, the new Corsa will be built on Peugeot-Citroen’s latest Common Modular Platform (CMP). The underpinnings are shared with the new Peugeot 208.
Vauxhall claims these revisions will improve both the Corsa’s performance and efficiency, with the firm promising better acceleration and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
First deliveries of the all-new Corsa will begin next April, while buyers of the pure-electric model will have to wait a couple of months longer.
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