The short turnaround is because of PSA axing the unique determination for the subsequent Corsa to be primarily based on GM’s structure. As soon as PSA had taken over Vauxhall/Opel, it will have been required to pay a licence payment to GM to make use of the platform, one thing boss Carlos Tavares is eager to keep away from as he tries to return the manufacturers to profitability by 2020.
Vauxhall/Opel boss Michael Lohscheller has beforehand instructed Autocar that the brand new Corsa “is not going to be compromised in any means. It’s true that we had a model able to go, and you may’t simply stretch a design to suit a brand new platform, however the groups have accomplished a unbelievable job in report time to make sure that the automotive is on schedule.”
The brand new Corsa might be primarily based on PSA’s Widespread Modular Platform (CMP), a front-engine, front-wheel-drive structure that may also underpin automobiles such because the forthcoming new Peugeot 208. The Corsa may also dip into PSA’s engine line-up and is prone to undertake the 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder in a wide range of energy outputs.
Remark: PSA plans for a greater Vauxhall Corsa
Regardless of the change to a brand new platform, the Corsa Mk6’s dimensions are understood to intently match the outgoing mannequin’s. Vauxhall selected to launch the present Corsa in 2014 with near-identical dimensions to its predecessor as a result of the corporate felt it was the right dimension needed by prospects. This technique is predicted to proceed. The present Corsa is 4021mm lengthy, 1736mm large and 1479mm tall, dimensions that make it barely longer and taller, however narrower, than the present Peugeot 208.
The design of the Corsa was set to be evolutionary earlier than the plan for a GM-derived mannequin was axed. Now, to mark a brand new period for the mannequin below PSA possession, the styling guarantees to mark a departure from what we anticipate the supermini to seem like.
The Corsa is about to be the primary Vauxhall to get a brand new grille known as ‘Vizor’ and lights design, which might be rolled out throughout the model. The brand new styling might be previewed subsequent month within the Vauxhall GT X Experimental idea, and now we have already seen a shot of the entrance finish of the idea as a touch to its future appears to be like (beneath).
The three-door Corsa might be axed, reflecting an business pattern to discontinue such bodystyles, that are much less standard with consumers. Producing solely a five-door Corsa may also assist Vauxhall/Opel’s drivefor better effectivity and elevated profitability.
Inside, the Corsa will obtain PSA’s acquainted touchscreen infotainment system, however the general really feel of the inside is predicted to be distinct from its French siblings. Vauxhall’s new grille and lights design and all-glass fascia panel, revealed in Autocar final week, are anticipated to be launched.
Not lengthy after the debut of the usual Corsa subsequent yr, an electrical model might be launched, named eCorsa. Though the Peugeot 208 will get an electrical variant first (see separate story, proper), it and the Corsa might be among the many choose few within the supermini section to undertake electrified powertrains. Key rivals such because the Ford Fiesta should not anticipated to go electrical for a few years but.
The electrical vary of the eCorsa is prone to be about 250 miles, consistent with zero- emissions rivals such because the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.
The present Corsa was as soon as the UK’s second-best-selling automotive however is at present fifth within the gross sales charts, promoting lower than half of the Fiesta’s gross sales complete every month. The brand new model might be constructed on the Zaragoza plant in Spain.
The worth of the brand new Corsa is predicted to rise barely over at the moment’s £13,575 place to begin for the five-door mannequin however nonetheless undercut the Peugeot 208.
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