The first official images of the new Vauxhall Corsa have been revealed, ahead of the fourth-generation car’s public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Vauxhall says the 2015 Corsa is based entirely on a new chassis platform, with no carry-over parts.
The new Corsa is said to benefit from a lower centre of gravity to aid stability, while stiffer sub-frames and new suspension components offer improved handling and greater feedback.
Two suspension set-ups will be available – Comfort and Sport – with each benefiting from improved damping and body control.
Some components have been tuned specifically for the UK market, most notably the new speed-sensitive power steering which also incorporates a City mode for low-speed manoeuvres.
Electronic driver aids will begin to feature on the Corsa for the first time, starting with Hill Start Assist, Automatic Park Assist (which steers the car into a parking space), Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Blindspot Alert, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning and others.
Leading the range of revised power-plants is a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecotec direct-injection turbocharged petrol unit. It uses a balancer shaft (Vauxhall claims it’s the only three-cylinder engine to do so) to make it more refined, and also meets the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations.
It will be available in 90PS and 115PS variants, both of which offer 170Nm of torque from 1,800rpm.
Also offered will be a revised version of Vauxhall’s 1.4-litre turbo unit with 100PS and 200Nm, plus two updated non-turbo engines in 1.2 and 1.4-litre capacities. An improved version of the existing 1.3-litre CDTi diesel engine will also be available.
The new Corsa will benefit from two new transmissions – one manual, one automatic – both with six speeds.
Inside, the new Corsa will make use of the company’s IntelliLink system as seen in the Adam. It’s controlled through a 7-inch colour touch-screen and is compatible with iOS and Android smart-phones.
Options available in the new Corsa will include heated front seats, heated steering wheel and windscreen, ambient lighting, panoramic roof, bi-xenon lights and a rear-view camera.
The new Vauxhall Corsa will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October before arriving in the UK some time in 2015.