AS A successor to one of the UK’s most popular cars, the new Vauxhall Corsa has big boots to fill when it goes on sale later this year. There’s a lot riding on it, too, with Vauxhall’s star fading considerably in recent years.
What is the 2019 Vauxhall Corsa?
The Corsa supermini has long been a favourite with British motorists; consistently ending each year as one of the country’s best-selling new cars, duking it out with its arch rival, the Ford Fiesta.
Vauxhall can’t afford to sit back and hope existing customers will simply upgrade, though, and new owner the PSA Group (think Peugeot and Citroen) has put a lot into the development of the all-new Corsa. For the first time ever in its 26-year history, it will be available with pure-electric power, and Vauxhall has said the small car will come with gadgets and features that are normally reserved for its larger, more expensive offerings.
What engines will the Vauxhall Corsa have?
Engine details will be revealed closer to launch but we expect the line-up to be broadly similar to the Peugeot 208 supermini, with which the new Corsa shares a chassis. With that in mind, expect three and four-cylinder petrol engine options as well as a sole 1.5-litre diesel offering.
Later down the line, it’s possible a sportier “GSi” model will go on sale, likely using a version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that was available on the Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch.
Will there be a hybrid or electric Vauxhall Corsa?
Vauxhall hasn’t said anything about hybrid Corsas yet, but it has confirmed a pure-electric “Corsa-e” version of the supermini will be available from launch.
Details on power and range haven’t been announced at the time of writing, though the zero-emissions Corsa will likely use the same powertrain as the pure-electric Peugeot e-208. That means around 130bhp and a 50kWh battery pack that’s good for roughly 211 miles.
What technology will the Vauxhall Corsa have?
To tide us over until the Corsa’s full tech specs are announced, Vauxhall has hinted at some of the new car’s more interesting gizmos. Matrix LED headlights, which on other cars can dip automatically around on-coming vehicles, will be available (reportedly a first for the supermini sector), and Vauxhall says it’s been hard at-work putting the hatchback’s suite of driver assists to the test.
How much will the Vauxhall Corsa cost?
Prices for the new Corsa are expected to be similar to those of the current car. The new Corsa range is anticipated to start at roughly £12,000 for the most basic version and rise to roughly £19,000 for the top-spec model.
When will the Vauxhall Corsa go on sale?
Vauxhall says before the end of the year but hasn’t set a concrete date. Vauxhall’s sister company Opel (which will sell the Corsa in the rest of Europe under its own badge), however, has said the new supermini will be launched this summer, with deliveries starting sometime in the autumn.
What are the 2019 Vauxhall Corsa’s rivals?
The new Vauxhall Corsa will enter a very busy supermini crowd when it goes on sale later this year. To name but a few examples, it will go up against hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza, Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta.