Vauxhall have revealed the first images and specs for their brand new fourth generation Corsa which will go on sale later this year.
The latest version of Luton’s best seller gains design cues from bigger brothers the Adam and Astra, but retains the same overall dimensions as the outgoing model.
Up front the Adam’s wide-mouthed grille is grafted on with all-new hockey-stick lights overlapping that wide face from above.
Below the supermini sprouts a new and intricate second air intake, with bodywork details wrapping around the chrome edged fog lights.
From there back the Corsa retains the same lines as the third gen model, although with no retained panels we are assured, but gains a design line taken from the Astra (in reverse) to the bottom of the doors.
Unlike the outgoing model both three and five door variants are launched together and share near identical rear ends, the larger model growing a more upright window to allow for the extra space.
Underneath that body Vauxhall say it is all change, with a completely redesigned chassis underpinning the new Corsa.
A new electric power steering rack arrives, with Vauxhall conforming to the trend for speed sensitive variable resistance and promising us less understeer.
They also say a rework to the car’s underpinnings will mean a much better drive, with new dampers and retuned suspension designed to bring better stability to hopefully take the fight to Ford’s fine driving Fiesta.
Underneath the bonnet five engines will be available from launch, and Vauxhall will attempt to take on Ford’s all conquering 120bhp 1.0 litre unit..
Their challenger is another three-pot 1.0 litre unit, this time an ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo petrol which produces either 88bhp or 113bhp and 125 lb ft of torque.
Vauxhall haven’t released any efficiency figures, but assure us they will be “exceptionally low “.
Alongside the little motor a new turbocharged 1.4 petrol arrives producing 98 bhp and 147lb ft of torque.
Also available will be revised versions of the current 1.2 and 1.4litre naturally aspirated petrol motors and a completely overhauled update for the 1.3litre diesel to bring it up to current emissions standards.
Those will be mated to either a six speed manual or automatic gearbox.
Inside there is a complete makeover, while the dimensions remain the same the Corsa gets an all new modern looking interior.
Gloss plastic runs the length of the dashboard, taking in the new, angular, air vents. Underneath the interior is dominated by a seven inch colour touchscreen lifted straight from the Adam.
More details should be released before the car makes it’s debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and order books will open towards the end of the year.