► Next-gen Vauxhall Corsa spotted
► Likely to feature all-new platform
► Expected to arrive in 2018
Vauxhall has confirmed that the next-generation Corsa hatch will arrive in 2019, with Opel and parent company PSA pointing to the new car during its 2018 Tech Day pointing to the future of the German and British brands within Groupe PSA.
The Corsa F will use PSA platforms and new technology from Peugeot and Citroen including the use of the group’s PureTech turbocharged petrol engines also seen in the Citroen C3 and Peugeot 208.
During the Tech Day, Vauxhall also said that the use of the CMP platform that also underpins the C3 and 208 mean that development costs for the new car are 50% less than they were during the GM days. VP for design, Mark Adams, wanted to stress that just because Vauxhall and Opel have made significant savings doesn’t mean that there will be a sub-par product come out at the end of the development process.
It’s just as well, as while the Corsa has remained a strong seller in the UK, Vauxhall has plenty of ground to make up; the latest car was merely a heavy overhaul of the Corsa D back in 2006, not an all-new model. There was no new platform, no groundbreaking new tech – just a hefty fettling and restyling of the ageing model in 2014. Suffice to say, this was not enough to bring the car up to the standards of many of its all-new rivals.
Vauxhall still has plenty of ground to make up, as a result – and this might be the car to do it. These spy shots offer us our first look at the next-gen Corsa, which will go head-to-head with the upcoming seventh-gen Ford Fiesta.
Our spyshots have revealed the five-door version, which has recently been undergoing winter trials. A three-door version is yet to be confirmed, as some manufacturers like VW and Seat have ditched its three-door versions of the Polo and Ibiza respectively.
When will the new Corsa go on sale?
The new Vauxhall Corsa will arrive in 2019 and is expected to make its debut at either one of the big European shows of the year: Geneva in March or Frankfurt in 2019.
The all-electric version, as part of Opel’s PACE plan, will arrive in 2020.
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