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Vauxhall gives Corsa GSI the green light, electric model arriving in 2020

16.02.2018

With parent company PSA having revived the iconic GSI moniker last year for the performance version of the second generation Insignia, Britain's Autocar has claimed that the badge will find its way onto a warm version of the Vauxhall Corsa later this year as a possible rival for the Ford Fiesta ST-Line.

According to the publication, the Corsa GSI will allegedly have around 110 kW at its disposal and slot in below the 152 kW VXR (OPC) instead of replacing it. The GSI's announcement also dispels a previous report by Autodealer that such a model would never be produced, in light of a rendering released by Brazilian automotive artist Kleber Silva of what such as model could look like.

No further details, apart from the fact that the Corsa GSI will be front-wheel drive instead of four-wheel drive like the Insignia, has been released. Although no word on whether an Opel equivalent would be produced for markets outside the UK, including South Africa, all likelihood is that such as model will eventually become a reality.

Electric Corsa coming in 2020  

Meanwhile, a further report from Auto Express has claimed that the next generation Corsa, due for release next year, will spawn an full-electric version by 2020.

Unlike the current model which still makes use of the General Motors D2XX platform, the new Corsa will transfer to PSA's CMP platform underpinning the Citroen C3 and incoming Peugeot 208, and in everyday versions, come powered by a range of PSA sourced petrol and possibly turbodiesel engines.

 

Note: picture is of the last Corsa GSI produced between 2008-2012

Article written by Autodealer
16.02.2018
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