All-new Corsa supermini could be one of the first major products to appear under the company’s French ownership.
Vauxhall is said to overhaul its next generation Corsa, which is being developed in partnership with new owners PAS- Peugeot Citroen. The finishing touches are being applied to the all-new model ahead of its debut late next year, before going on sale early 2019. The current Corsa model was launched in 2014, and despite being labelled a brand-new model, it was, in reality, a re-skinned version of the previous model- same chassis, similar dimensions and even looked very similar.
However, it is said to all change with 5th-generation Corsa, which will be one of the major launches from Vauxhall since PSA announced its purchase of the brand, back in March. Development has been under way for sometime, but it is understood that the new model will be built alongside the Peugeot. A strong interest in electric possibilities for the next 208 are rumored, however there is no word suggesting Vauxhall will follow suit. That is just a possibility we will have to wait for.
From pictures published it is as though the next generation Corsa will grow in length, considerably, featuring a longer wheelbase for more passenger and boot space. There is also a possibility Vauxhall could drop the 3 door body, in light of declining sales; as prototypes spotted so far have only shown a 5 door option.
Advantages could see a lighter more economical vehicle, similarly to the latest Astra model. It is feasible the Corsa could shed between 80-100kg, depending on spec.
Engine ranges are likely to include a new generation of BlueHDi diesel, downsizing from a 1.6 to 1.5 litre engine. Power outputs range from around 75bhp to 120bhp, with CO2 emissions as low as 75g/km. Unknown however, if this will be available in the UK. PSA’s PureTech petrol engine will also get a refresh with 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder turbos offering improved performance and efficiency. Also, a more potent 1.6 litre turbo will be made if Vauxhall choose to develop a VXR hatchback.
Vauxhall will however have its own say in terms of interior and exterior design.