The first official images of the new Vauxhall Viva have been released today, launching the company’s entry-level five-door model that’s set to go on sale in the spring of 2015.

The Viva name harks back to the original Viva sold from 1963 to 1979, although in its exterior design it shares little else.

The shape is dominated by its large headlights, short nose, and strong swage lines that run through both the front and rear door handles.

The Viva will be offered in ten paint colours and with a range of wheels in sizes from 14- to 16-inches.

Power will come from Vauxhall’s new 75PS 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecotec engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Standard safety equipment includes ESP, ABS, and Hill Start Assist, while Lane Departure Warning can be added as an option.

Park Assist, cruise control, fog lights, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel also appear on the options list.

The new Vauxhall Viva goes on sale in the UK next spring, with prices expected to start from around £7,500.