Pure-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e leaked ahead of 2020 release

Official images of the pure-electric Vauxhall Corsa supermini have been leaked ahead of the car’s official release in early 2020

A pure-electric version of the next-generation Vauxhall Corsa is coming, as previewed by this leaked official image. When it goes on sale in the UK in early 2020, the Corsa-e will be the first new product produced by Vauxhall since it came under the ownership of Peugeot-Citroen (PSA). It will also launch the brand’s strategic push towards the electrified and all-electric market.

The Vauxhall Corsa-e will sit on the same underpinnings as the recently-released Peugeot e-208. That means it should have a range of 211 miles, a 50kWh battery pack and a 134bhp electric motor driving the front wheels. Charge times should be identical, too, with an 80 per cent top-up taking 30 minutes using a 100kW fast charger.

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PSA has said aims to reduce the number of platforms used by Vauxhall and European sister brand Opel from the current nine to just two. These must be the EMP2 architecture, which underpins everything from the Peugeot 308 to the new DS 7 Crossback, and the smaller CMP, which would suit the Corsa.

In addition to the pure-electric Corsa, Vauxhall-Opel plans to offer an electrified variant of every model in its range, with a further four such models set to launch by 2020. The British brand has already revealed its first plug-in hybrid model, the Grandland X Hybrid4, which shares its underpinnings with the new DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4.

Vauxhall’s future under PSA ownership

PSA aims to cut the number of engine and gearbox families in the Vauxhall and Opel line-ups from ten to four. PSA’s boss, Michael Lohscheller, said: “Aligning architecture and powertrain families will substantially reduce development and production complexity, thus allowing scale effects and synergies, contributing to overall profitability.”

Some Vauxhall models, such as the recently launched Insignia Grand Sport and current Astra, have been hastily revised partly to take advantage of the lower CO2 emissions offered by PSA tech, but mostly because the new owner wants to avoid licence fees it has to pay on every GM-based product it sells.

The current Mokka X is likely to be axed as a result, while the Astra and Insignia could be replaced unusually early, potentially by the turn of the decade. Auto Express understands that a new Insignia is the vehicle in the “D-segment” that the management confirmed for a switch to EMP2, and for production in Russelsheim, in Germany.

PSA’s boss Carlos Tavares has stressed that “tough decisions” will need to be made, but Vauxhall-Opel’s management says it is committed to keeping factories open and avoiding compulsory redundancies. Lohscheller also reiterated his commitment to the Vauxhall badge. “There is clear brand positioning,” the boss explained. “Opel will stay German and Vauxhall will stay British.”

Now read our in-depth review for the current Vauxhall Corsa or get the latest electric car news, reviews and analysis on DrivingElectric.com…

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