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First pictures and details of all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e

Published: 23 May 2019

► New 2019 Vauxhall Corsa-e
► EV first, ICE to come later
► Everything we know so far

Vauxhall has officially released images of its new Corsa-e supermini, set to go on sale early next year. This is our first proper look at the new Corsa, and we expect the combustion engine one won't look any different.

It's based on the PSA small-car hardware called CMP, now that the French manufacturing group has bought GM Europe's car-making business. That means the new 2019 Vauxhall Corsa shares its oily (and sparky) bits with the upcoming generations of Peugeot 208 and DS 3 Crossback

The new Corsa-e certainly ushers in a clean new design, with more upright proportions and a shorter overhang. The car is also 48mm lower with a 28mm lower hip point for a lower driving position. A 28mm longer wheelbase means a smidge of extra room inside. Electric car-specific cues include bespoke badges and a unique wheel design.

Vauxhall Corsa-e interior

Inside, Vauxhall has told us that everything you see and touch is of their design (not that of PSA origin), save for the trigger shifter on the auto gearbox and the Groupe-derived seven or 10.1-inch infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard, as will a digital instrument cluster. A huge barrage of safety aids will be available, too. 

A 50kWh battery and a 100kW (134bhp and 192lb ft) motor means 205 miles of range under the WLTP cycle, which Vauxhall claims can be boosted by up to 40% by the Corsa-e's Eco mode. A 0-31mph speed has been recorded at 3.1 seconds, while the 0-62mph sprint is dealt with in 8.1sec.

Due to the CMP platform, the electric powertrain does not intrude on passenger or luggage space, so there's 309 litres of boot space (up from 285) - and that's the same for the combustion engine cars. Engineers claim the new Corsa has the best aero yet, too.

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A full suite of petrol Corsas will follow, but Vauxhall and its European wing Opel are firmly pointing the spotlight on the first electric Corsa, a car designed to make a splash in the burgeoning EV space.

Vauxhall Corsa-e rear tracking

Vauxhall has sold 2.1 million Corsas in the UK since 1993. Across Europe, make that more than 13m. So electrifying this popular small car seems like a clever step - propelling Vauxhall from also-ran to class-competitive at a stroke.

Stay tuned for more information on the new Corsa as we get it.

What about the 'regular' Corsa?

Well, thanks to our time driving around in some prototypes, we've got plenty of info to share.

Vauxhall has confirmed that the new Corsa supermini has shed up to 108kg from the outgoing model. That dramatic weight loss is due to the new CMP platform from PSA that underpins it - something that Vauxhall can thank its Groupe PSA overlords for. Vauxhall also points out that the lightest new Corsa model weighs 980kg.

We've driven a prototype of the new Vauxhall Corsa

The new car is the first mainstream supermini to introduce matrix LED headlights under the IntelliLux branding - only the DS 3 Crossback and Mini offer that elsewhere. They are capable of remaining on full beam, actively shuttering off the light in segments to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. It's a technology more often seen on executive cars.

Three power variants of PSA's 1.2-litre 3cyl engine will be available - 74, 99 and 128bhp - with the latter not making it to the UK at launch. A solitary 1.5-litre, 99bhp diesel is your only derv option. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the higher-powered petrol engines also having the option of an eight-speed auto. 

'As a British Brand since 1903, in fact, Britain’s oldest car Brand, Vauxhall has always been known for bringing cutting-edge technology to the mainstream, at an affordable price,' said Stephen Norman, Vauxhall’s group managing director. 'And with the all-new Corsa, we’re doing it not once, but twice, by electrifying the UK’s best-known supermini, and adding lighting technology normally only found in premium cars.'

Anything else we know about Vauxhall's electric range?

Well, Vauxhall has also confirmed that the next Mokka X will be electric when it's revealed in 2020. Design-wise, it'll be heavily inspired by the GT X Experimental concept. A new electric Vivaro van will come in 2020, and an electrified version of every model will be on sale by 2024.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches