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2014 Vauxhall Corsa: An Entirely Different Beast

July 10, 2014

Vauxhall have released new information and images of the upcoming and highly anticipated 4th-generation Corsa. Due to make its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, we’ve got all of the essential juicy details on the super-popular super-mini – and it looks like the new Vauxhall Corsa is an entirely different beast!

Since its original launch in 1982, the Corsa has seen widespread popularity with the UK market – and 3 design generations later, it’s still going strong, with Vauxhall having sold over 10 million Corsas to the European market during its lifetime. From a distance (and after a few beers), you might be fooled into thinking that the upcoming 4th generation Corsa is much the same as its predecessor, retaining a similar size and shape – but you’d be very, very wrong.

Vauxhall weren’t kidding when they said the next Corsa would be an entirely new car. The hatchback has had a complete redesign from the ground up – and that means a new chassis, new suspension, new body panels, new engines, a new interior and new in-car tech. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Design

When it comes to the exterior design, Vauxhall have been careful to keep some aspects of the old car’s shape, so that fans will instantly recognise the model. However, all of the body panelling is brand new, taking inspiration from the stylish Vauxhall Adam. Overall, the new Corsa has a much more grown up look about it, with cleaner lines similar to the VW hatchbacks and swept back headlights reminiscent of the Ford Fiesta. It will be interesting how the Corsa’s well established ‘boy-racer’ fanbase will react to the shift to more mature design.

Performance

The new Corsa will debut a range of redesigned engines from Vauxhall. Following the popularity of Ford’s three cylinder Ecoboost engines, Vauxhall will be offering the Corsa with a choice of two turbocharged three cylinder 1.0L petrol engines, producing 89 bhp or 113 bhp respectively. In order to ensure that the notorious three cylinder engines run smoothly, Vauxhall have installed a balancing shaft to improve refinement. Other power options include 4-cylinder petrol engines and diesel options, giving the Corsa buyer one of the biggest choice of engine ranges on the market. Whichever engine you go for, you can expect improved performance, torque and efficiency whilst retaining low emissions.

Interior and Tech

Like the rest of the car, the interior is an entirely new affair, having received a full redesign by Vauxhall. Photographs of the new interior reveal a much cleaner, sleek dashboard, and Vauxhall have kitted out the new Corsa with the same interface screen used in the smaller Adam. This allows drivers to connect their smartphone with the car’s entertainment system, mirroring their phone’s display on the 7-inch IntelliLink screen – meaning you’ll have access to your phone’s music, mapping system, messaging and, of course, hands-free calls.

And the gadgets don’t stop there, with Vauxhall offering a plethora of optional add ons. The list includes a reverse parking camera, heated seats, a blind spot warning, lane change alert system and even automatic self-parking! We’re sure these these high tech solutions will come at a cost, but it shows the Vauxhall are taking future tech developments seriously. We expect the new Corsa to shine, continuing on the legacy of its predecessors – and all eyes will be on Paris come October for its official debut.

If you’re looking for Vauxhall Corsa finance, head over to our dedicated Vauxhall finance page. Already got a car in mind? No problem, try our quick and easy Vauxhall finance calculator for an instant quote!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.