Vauxhall Corsa adds combustion engines

We’ve already seen the all-new Vauxhall Corsa in battery-powered Corsa-e guise. Now Vauxhall has fleshed out the range, announcing the choice of conventional combustion engines that will be available.

Petrol power is providing by a pair of 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engines, the entry-level naturally aspirated unit producing 75hp, while the turbo’d version gives 100hp.

Despite the fact it’ll sell in tiny numbers, Vauxhall has bothered with a diesel as well – a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder motor making 100hp and 184lb/ft of torque.

The base 1.2 comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, while turbo buyers can choose between the standard 6-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

All these engines are shared with the new Peugeot 208, as is the Corsa’s platform, much of its running gear and electrical architecture.

Vauxhall claims all the ICE-powered Corsas will return better economy figures than the most efficient version of the old car. That’s largely due to a whopping 108kg average weight saving. The base model new Corsa weighs just 980kg.

Those economy figures haven’t actually been released yet, but they should be near-enough identical to those of the equivalent 208.

Details on the new Corsa are still only being dripped out ahead of the full launch later this year.

By Graham King

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