Vauxhall have released the first pictures of the newest version of their hugely popular Corsa.
The new model of the award-winning supermini is due to go into production later in the year, and Vauxhall claim the overhauled version raises the bar for driveability, as well as comfort and practicality.
Compared to the current model, the new Corsa is underpinned by a completely new and redesigned chassis with all-new suspension components.
Stability and roll characteristics have been increased with a 5mm lower centre of gravity, while handling has similarly been improved with all-new suspension geometry and knuckle joints.
The power steering has also been updated and tuned specifically to meet British needs with new speed-sensitivity and an incorporated City mode for manoeuvring at lower speeds.
New Vauxhall Corsa features
Additionally, a range of driver safety systems are also fitted, including hill start assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system and automatic park assist, which gives the Corsa the ability to steer itself into a parking space.
The overhaul extends to the Corsa’s interior too, with a totally redesigned cabin and instrument panel. IntelliLink, Vauxhall’s innovative communications system that was first introduced on the Adam, is also included with a seven-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity.
IntelliLink also incorporates voice command functions, Bluetooth connectivity, and compatibility with the iPhone’s Siri feature as well as FlexDock, which can locate and also charge mobile phones.
Each new Corsa will also be available with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as soft-tone ambient lighting and a full-sized panoramic roof, while other available options include blind spot and lane departure warning functions and a rear-view camera.
New Vauxhall Corsa engine range
Vauxhall’s engine range has been extended, with the addition of a new 1.0-litre three-pot Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo petrol. Available in either 88hp or 113bhp versions, which both produce 170Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption and carbon emissions data has yet to be announced, but Vauxhall have said that the engines will be available with stop-start technology and that both emissions and consumption will be low.
There’ll also be a new version of the 98bhp 1.4-litre turbo engine, designed for maximum performance and efficiency. There’s also two naturally aspirated 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol options, as well as a 1.3-litre CDTi diesel.
Each engine is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic, both of which have been improved and updated for greater shift quality and efficiency.
The Corsa remains one of the UK’s top-selling cars, with 83,000 sold in British last year alone. However, the fourth-generation version is still a while off, with production due to begin later this year and pricing, plus full specifications, are due to be unveiled closer to its release.