The all-new, fifth-generation version of the ever-popular Vauxhall Corsa has been revealed in battery-powered Corsa-e form.
The new Corsa is the first Vauxhall/Opel car to be developed since the marque was bought by PSA Group. It uses the CMP platform that underpins the recently-launched Mk.2 Peugeot 208 and DS 3 Crossback. But the bodywork is entirely Vauxhall/Opel’s own work, with no carry-over from other PSA models. Likewise the interior, while using PSA infotainment and other tech, is completely different to the 208 and DS 3.
Powertrains are shared, though, and the Corsa-e uses the same set-up as the e-208. So there’s a 50kWh battery pack powering a singe electric motor between the front wheels. Vauxhall claims a system output of 134bhp and 191lb/ft of torque with a range of a little over 200 miles.
That range can be extended by up to 40% in Eco mode. An 80% charge can be reached in 30 minutes from a rapid charger.
The Corsa will be available with conventional petrol and diesel engines, as well.
Model-specific wheels and grille mark out the Corsa-e from its combustion-engined siblings. The charger socket is located where the fuel filler would normally be. And, since no-one buys three-doors anymore, all Corsas will only be available with five doors.
Inside, the Corsa-e gets a 10in touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring. The usual suite of driver aids is available.
Since it went on sale in the UK in 1993, 2.1 million Corsas have been sold. 13.5 million examples have been sold across Europe – the name first appeared there in 1983 on the car Brits knew as Vauxhall Nova. Myriad other versions of the four previous generations of Corsa have been built around the world, as well, which would probably add another few million to the tally.
The new Corsa goes on sale early in 2020. Full details will be announced nearer the time.
By Graham King