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Fourth generation Corsa revealed


PRIOR to its unveiling at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, official images of Vauxhall’s fourth generation Corsa have been released. The new model, which is a household name for British small-car buyers, is set to raise the class benchmark and be in production by the end of the year.

Compared to the older model, the new one is closely matched in length, while still preserving its interior space. Regarding design and engineering, considerable changes have been made to improve the overall experience with features such as driveability, efficiency and connectivity.

The new vehicle looks sportier, using British designer, Mark Adams’ sculptural design that includes a blade running across the lower door sections.

In keeping up with the sporty image, the car is fitted with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo, a new range of Vauxhall powertrains, while the diesel derivative - meeting Euro-6 standards - will contain an improved 1.3 CDTi. The Ecotec will be available with 66kW or 84kW outputs, each of which achieves 170Nm of torque. A 1.4 turbo engine will also be released, producing 73kW and 200Nm of torque.

The new Corsas have a redesigned chassis and a new suspension as well as two new six-speed gearboxes (manual and automatic). With the Stop/Start system, emissions and fuel consumption are all expected to be extremely low for a petrol engine although exact fuel consumption figures have not been released yet.

Making use of a range of new technology, the car will have a new speed-sensitive electric power steering that includes a City mode for low-speed manoeuvring and parking. Other features include Hill Start Assist, Automatic Park Assist and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

The cabin has been refurbished with a re-designed instrument panel and dashboard and will run the user-friendly infotainment system, IntelliLink, compatible with both Apple and Android phones.

Optional safety features that can be added to the new Corsa will consist of:

  • Side Blindspot Alert
  • High Beam Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Bi-Xenon lights
  • Rear-view camera

Full pricing will be revealed later in the year.

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