First look at new Vauxhall Corsa supermini in all-electric form ahead of market release in 2020
Official images of the all-new Vauxhall Corsa have been revealed ahead of the car’s release in 2020, following a large scale leak earlier in the week.
The brand’s latest supermini, shown here in all-electric Corsa-e guise, is due to reach the UK market in summer 2020 with the choice of both fossil fuel and EV drivetrains.
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This is our first undisguised look at the new Corsa in an official capacity. The new model will replace the old one’s high-sided styling with lower and wider panelling. Its interior gets a makeover in the style of Vauxhall’s new PSA Group owners with brand new infotainment consisting of a 10-inch touchscreen display, fresh switchgear and the option of a digital instrument cluster. The Vauxhall supermini moves onto the PSA group’s CMP platform, with the all-electric Corsa-e using the e-CMP variant of the new compact car platform.
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The 50kWh battery pack and electric powertrain used on the Corsa-e are unchanged from those used on the all-electric Peugeot 208e, and the two cars share the same maximum 211-mile range as recorded under WLTP. Drive is sent to the front axle through a 134bhp electric motor.
Charging tech is also the same as what you’ll find on the Corsa-e’s Peugeot badged sibling. The battery can be recharged to 80 per cent in half an hour at a rapid charging station, while an 11kW on-board charging cable is offered as standard.
Final specs are still to be announced but the Corsa-e will feature new driver assistance technology. Lane keep assist will be offered on the Corsa for the first time, alongside traffic sign recognition, blind spot assist and adaptive cruise control. Safety tech and assistance features include automatic emergency braking, automatic parking assistant and a rear view camera.
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While Vauxhall has revealed the Corsa-e, we’ve still not seen a regular combustion powered variant of the new Corsa. A reveal for the regular line-up will take place in the coming weeks. Despite that, first deliveries for the Corsa-e look set to take place in April 2020, a few months after internal combustion versions of the car arrive. Prices for the all-electric Corsa should start from around £25,000.
New Vauxhall Corsa: Platform, weight saving and ICE engines
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.
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Despite the weight loss, the upcoming Corsa will be 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.
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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.
The Corsa’s combustion engine range, while still unconfirmed, will likely consist exclusively of PSA units shared with the new 208. A new generation of the BlueHDi diesel is being developed, which will downsize from a 1.6 to a 1.5-litre capacity, offering power outputs ranging from around 75bhp to 120bhp, with CO2 emissions as low as 75g/km. However, it’s unknown if it will be offered in the UK.
PSA’s PureTech petrol engine will also get a refresh, with the three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbos offering improved performance and efficiency. A more potent 1.6-litre turbo will also be made available to Vauxhall if it chooses to develop a Corsa VXR hot hatch.
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