Just weeks after opening reservations for the battery-electric version, Vauxhall's all-new fifth generation Corsa, which features a new range of high efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains, is available to order now priced from £15,550 on the road.
Arriving in Vauxhall showrooms in January, the new Corsa has undergone a complete overhaul, with every engine variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than even the most efficient versions in the current Corsa. All powertrain options offer reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement, while maintaining the same lively performance and fun driving experience.
Priced at £15,550, the entry-level model is the 1.2i (75PS) SE petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. For a diesel, prices start from £17,560 for the 1.5D (102PS) SE. Key features of this specification include 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels and a 7-inch touchscreen radio. A leather flat-bottom steering wheel adds a premium touch to the interior, while LED headlights and daytime running lights offer boosted visibility and safety.
Compared with the current powertrains of the Corsa range, the new engines have significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions while retaining similar power outputs to the outgoing model. For the all-new Corsa, the engine line-up includes an entry level 1.2-litre (75PS) petrol unit and an award-winning three-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged 1.2-litre (102PS) all-aluminium powertrain. The two petrol engines are joined by a four-cylinder, 1.5-litre diesel unit with 102PS and maximum torque of 250Nm.
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. The maximum torque rating of the 1.2-litre (100PS) engine is 205Nm, and at least 95 per cent of maximum torque is developed between 1,500 and 3,500rpm. In combination with the low vehicle weight, excellent aerodynamics and the optimised gear ratios, these factors make the Corsa great fun to drive.
Further to the enhancements made to the engine line-up, the powertrain improvements also include the transmission options. The 1.2-litre (75PS) entry-level engine is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. With the 1.2-litre (100PS) unit, customers can choose from a six-speed manual or a smooth eight-speed lightweight 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.
For optimum exhaust after-treatment, the emissions reduction system – consisting of a passive oxidation catalyst/NOx absorber, AdBlue injector, SCR catalyst and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) – is grouped together as a compact single unit, as near as possible to the engine. The NOx absorber acts as a cold start catalyst, reducing NOx emissions at temperatures below the SCR light-off.
Customers in the market for an all-electric version, can choose the all-new Corsa-e. Thanks to the common modular platform (CMP), various powertrains can be offered on one platform and produced on a single line.
First deliveries arriving in Vauxhall showrooms in January 2020