Vauxhall will finally replace the current eight year-old, third generation Corsa with a new Gen-4 version later this year. Though some basic element’s of the new car’s monocoque structure are carried over, it is essentially all-new.

Every panel on the Corsa is new, the styling borrowing elements from the rest of the Vauxhall range; bits of Adam and Astra at the front, the signature ‘blade’ surfacing along the flanks. It’s an attractive design, if not especially distinctive. With the shared monocoque, the new car is no bigger than the outgoing model, give or take a few millimeters.

The Corsa’s chassis has been re-engineered, freeing up more interior space. The interior design is all-new and a vast improvement. Vauxhall’s IntelliLink app-based infotainment system will be available, with a 7-inch touchscreen display in the dashboard.

New safety systems will available, including hill start assist, automatic parking and tyre pressure monitoring.

Suspension componentry is all-new as well. The electric power steering will be given a UK-specific tune so it suits the unique demands of our crumbling road network. A stiffer front sub-frame, re-tuned rear suspension and new geometry should give tauter, more precise handling, benchmarked against the class-leading Ford Fiesta.

The current Corsa’s engines have been updated for the new car, the range starting with a 69bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder. Next is an 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol. A 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit with 99bhp and 147lb/ft of torque is available, as is a heavily revised version of the 1.3 CDTi turbodiesel.

New to the range is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol motor, in 89bhp or 113bhp tunes, that will do battle with Ford’s similar 1.0 EcoBoost, which has been a huge success. A new six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed auto will be available, depending on the engine.

More powerful versions (i.e. a new VXR) and an ultra-frugal diesel are likely to join the range in the future.

The UK is leading market for the Corsa, 83,000 finding homes here last year. That made it the third most popular car of 2013. Though that was some 40,000-odd behind the best-selling Fiesta, Vauxhall is targeting the number one spot for the new Corsa.

The new fourth-generation Vauxhall Corsa will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October and go on sale shortly after.

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Incidentally, yes we know the new Corsa is strictly speaking the fifth-generation car to wear the badge, but 1982’s first generation car was sold in the UK as the Vauxhall Nova. So it doesn’t really count.

Vauxhall Corsa

Thanks to the shared structure, the new Corsa is the same size and shape as the outgoing car, but every panel is new

Vauxhall Corsa

New Corsa’s interior design is a vast improvement. 7-inch touchscreen controls optional IntelliLink infotainment system