Vauxhall have recently confirmed to MotorMartin how their all-new fifth generation Corsa features a new range of high-efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains offering reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement as key characteristics, with every variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than the most efficient versions of the Corsa currently on offer.
Corsa, as many of you will know, has been Vauxhall’s best-selling car for years, with over 2.1 million Corsas sold in the UK since it launched in 1993. Clearly us Brits like the compact dimensions and interior packaging on offer from each iteration of Vauxhall’s popular model and so the following information direct from Vauxhall was of great interest up here on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers.
All-New Corsa Achieves 10% Weight Loss
Vauxhall’s all-new, fifth generation Corsa has achieved a significant weight loss, with the new model weighing in from just 980kg.
Thanks to its lightweight design, the new Corsa weighs up to 108kg less than the outgoing model. This means that every new Corsa benefits from improved performance and handling, and increased efficiency, whether it’s powered by an electric motor or conventional engine. Despite losing around ten per cent of its weight, the Corsa retains similar dimensions to the outgoing model at 4.06m with five doors as standard.
Vauxhall Goes Electric
As well as high-efficiency petrol and diesel models, an all-electric Corsa-e, the first-ever electric Corsa, arrives in Vauxhall showrooms next year.
New range of high-efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains
Engines include 1.2-litre 75PS and 100PS petrols and 1.5-litre (102PS) diesel
2-litre (100PS) is available with eight-speed automatic gearbox whilst the electric Corsa-e arrives next year with a range of 205 miles (WLTP)
High efficiency and lively performance are signature characteristics of the new petrol engines. Internal friction and friction losses have been reduced to a minimum, resulting in smooth and efficient power delivery. The turbocharger reacts immediately when prompted, with a strong torque output developed at low revs.
For the first time in this segment, the popular hatchback offers a comfortable eight-speed automatic transmission. Adaptive shift programmes and quickshift technology are state-of-the-art in this segment, while drivers can shift gears themselves with the paddles at the steering wheel.
Enhanced safety with camera and radar technology
In addition to a flashing signal, Lane Keep Assist, appearing for the first time in the Corsa, now applies gradual corrective steering and a gentle nudge if the car unintentionally leaves its lane. A Lane Departure Warning also shows in the Driver Info Centre, above the steering wheel.
Side Blind Spot Alert uses ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers to alert the driver to any moving objects in the blind spots on either side of the car, as well as towards the rear. If a moving object is detected, a warning symbol lights up in the corresponding exterior mirror.
Adaptive Speed Control makes its debut in the all-new Corsa. Using the front camera and radar sensors, the system automatically adapts the gap between the car and the vehicle in front by accelerating or decelerating, according to the distance selected by the driver. If the vehicle in front decelerates, so does the Corsa – even to a standstill, if necessary. If the vehicle in front speeds up again, the Corsa also accelerates up to the selected speed, while automatically maintaining the chosen safety gap.
Speed Sign Recognition now makes use of the new high-tech front camera. This information is then presented to the driver on the infotainment display.
Sounds like this all-new Corsa is going to continue Vauxhall’s success in this sector.
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