► New 2019 Vauxhall Corsa teased
► Reborn as an electric supermini
► First look at new LED headlamps
Vauxhall has confirmed that the new Corsa supermini, soon to be revealed, has shed up to 108kg from the outgoing model.
That dramatic weight loss is due to the new CMP platform 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.
The news comes as the first teasers drop for the new small car, destined to be relaunched this year not just in ICE formats but as an EV, too.
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.
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This sole photograph above has been issued first, before the full set of official pictures. It depicts a shadowy detail of the new 2019 Corsa's IntelliLux LED headlamp, a first for the small supermini sector. 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.
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The new Corsa will go on sale later in 2019 - and the electric model will be sold alongside the Grandland X plug-in hybrid PHEV. Vauxhall is really pushing electrification as the Next Big Thing for its product plan.
No official details are available yet on the electric Corsa, but CAR magazine expects a battery capacity of around 50kWh - enough for a 200-mile range.
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Our spies have already caught the new 2019 Corsa on test (above). These spy photos reveal a conventionally packaged supermini to take the fight to the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. It is likely that Vauxhall will drop the three-door bodystyle to concentrate on more practical five-door models.
It'll be 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 will share its oily (and sparky) bits with the upcoming generations of Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3. Expect to see the PureTech downsized petrol engines, most likely the three-cylinder 1.2 available in different states of tune and we expect a 1.5 diesel to be offered too (though it may be dropped for right-hand drive UK sales).
'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.'
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Vauxhall has sold 2.1 million Corsas in the UK since 1993. Across Europe, make that 13.5m. 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 in the coming weeks.
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