One of the most hotly-anticipated new cars to go on sale in 2019, the all-new fifth generation Corsa features a new range of high-efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains.
The all-new Corsa offers reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement as key characteristics of all powertrain options, with every variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than the most efficient versions of the Corsa currently on offer.
Corsa has been Vauxhall’s best-selling car for many years, with over 2.1 million Corsas sold in the UK since it launched in 1993. The British buying public are familiar with its name and looks, and have a fondness for its compact dimensions and interior packaging. Corsa is just as popular in Europe with over 13.5 million sold. The Corsa has a very diverse customer profile appealing to people from all areas of society, male and female, young and old.
All-New Corsa Achieves 10% Weight Loss
Vauxhall’s all-new, fifth generation Corsa has achieved a significant weight loss, with the new model weighing in from just 980kg.
Thanks to its lightweight design, the new Corsa weighs up to 108kg less than the outgoing model. This means that every new Corsa benefits from improved performance and handling, and increased efficiency, whether it’s powered by an electric motor or conventional engine. Despite losing around ten per cent of its weight, the Corsa retains similar dimensions to the outgoing model at 4.06m with five doors as standard.
The light-weight design was created using the latest virtual development methods. The specific use of various steel grades and connection methods enabled the Corsa’s significant weight reduction. This includes the consistent use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, as well as the optimisation of load paths, connections, structure and form. Compared with the previous model, the body-in-white is 40kg lighter.
Vauxhall Goes Electric
As well as high-efficiency petrol and diesel models, an all-electric Corsa-e, the first-ever electric Corsa, arrives in Vauxhall showrooms next year. A plug-in hybrid Grandland X Hybrid4 and a Vivaro-e van then mark the next steps in Vauxhall’s electrification strategy. The British brand is committed to delivering eight electrified models by 2021 and electrifying its entire product portfolio by 2024, as part of the PACE! strategic plan.
With an engine portfolio that’s more efficient and more advanced than ever before, the fifth-generation Corsa strikes the ideal balance between low fuel consumption and driving excitement.
High efficiency and lively performance are signature characteristics of the new petrol engines. Internal friction and friction losses have been reduced to a minimum, resulting in smooth and efficient power delivery. The turbocharger reacts immediately when prompted, with a strong torque output developed at low revs.
Further to the enhancements made to the engine line-up, the powertrain improvements also include the two transmission options. For the first time in this segment, the popular hatchback offers a comfortable eight-speed automatic transmission. Adaptive shift programmes and quickshift technology are state-of-the-art in this segment, while drivers can shift gears themselves with the paddles at the steering wheel.
Pushing efficiency even further is the electric powertrain in the brand-new Corsa-e. Offering up to 205 miles of range (WLTP*), the all-electric model is perfect for everyday journeys.
Compared with the current powertrains of the Corsa range, the new engines have significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions while retaining similar power outputs to the outgoing model.For the all-new Corsa, the engine line-up begins with an entry-level 1.2-litre (75PS) petrol unit, fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard (combined 47.8mpg to 53.3mpg according to WLTP, 93g/km CO2,). The 1.2-litre (75PS) can achieve a top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph in 12.4 seconds.
This is complemented by an award-winning three-cylinder, direct-injection, all-aluminium, turbocharged 1.2-litre engine with 100PS (combined 47.9mpg to 52.3mpg according to WLTP, 96g/km CO2). The engine has a maximum torque rating of 205Nm, and at least 95 per cent of maximum torque is developed between 1,500 and 3,500rpm. In combination with the low vehicle weight, excellent aerodynamics and optimised gear ratios, these factors make the Corsa great fun to drive. The 1.2-litre (100PS) can achieve a top speed of 121mph and 0-60mph in 9.3 seconds.
In addition to the six-speed manual gearbox, customers have the option of pairing this engine with a smooth eight-speed lightweight automatic transmission (combined 45.6mpg to 48.7mpg according to WLTP, 99g/km CO2). The automatic 1.2-litre (100PS) can achieve a top speed of 119mph and 0-60mph in 10.2 seconds.
The two petrol engines are joined by a three-cylinder, turbocharged 1.5-litre diesel unit with 102PS and maximum torque of 250Nm (combined 62.8mpg to 70.6mpg according to WLTP, 85g/km CO2). The engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The diesel model can achieve a top speed of 117mph and 0-60mph in 9.6 seconds.
The diesel powertrains feature an emissions reduction system for optimum exhaust after-treatment. This system consists of a passive oxidation catalyst/NOx absorber, AdBlue injector, SCR catalyst and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) – all grouped together as a compact single unit and fitted as near as possible to the engine. The NOx absorber acts as a cold start catalyst, reducing NOx emissions at temperatures below the SCR light-off.
Customers in the market for an all-electric version can choose the all-new Corsa-e. Thanks to the common modular platform (CMP), various powertrains can be offered on one platform and manufactured on a single production line.The Corsa-e offers a range of 205 miles (WLTP*), maximum power output of 100kW/136PS and maximum torque of 260Nm. Thanks to the instant torque provided by an electric motor, drivers can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 7.6 seconds.
Enhanced safety with camera and radar technology
In addition to a flashing signal, Lane Keep Assist, appearing for the first time in the Corsa, now applies gradual corrective steering and a gentle nudge if the car unintentionally leaves its lane. A Lane Departure Warning also shows in the Driver Info Centre, above the steering wheel.Side Blind Spot Alert uses ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers to alert the driver to any moving objects in the blind spots on either side of the car, as well as towards the rear. If a moving object is detected, a warning symbol lights up in the corresponding exterior mirror.
Until now, Adaptive Speed Control has only been offered in mid-size cars and above. Now, the system makes its debut in the all-new Corsa. Using the front camera and radar sensors, the system automatically adapts the gap between the car and the vehicle in front by accelerating or decelerating, according to the distance selected by the driver. If the vehicle in front decelerates, so does the Corsa – even to a standstill, if necessary. If the vehicle in front speeds up again, the Corsa also accelerates up to the selected speed, while automatically maintaining the chosen safety gap. The Corsa also offers Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking (standard) and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection The automatic emergency braking system uses radars to reduces the car’s speed by up to 31mph in order to avoid or reduce the force of a heavy collision. Depending on the speed, the system can identify vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes.
Driver Drowsiness System also comes as standard. The system warns the driver, via audio and visual signals at three levels, to take a break after two hours of driving at speeds higher than 40mph. In addition, the system alerts the driver to the need for a break at any time if it detects that the car is behaving dangerously, such as swerving. Speed Sign Recognition now makes use of the new high-tech front camera. This information is then presented to the driver on the infotainment display.
Easy, effortless parking
The all-new Corsa is also fitted with a range of systems designed to help the driver into and out of parking spaces. These include parking sensors at the rear, which features four ultrasonic sensors and gives audio and visual warnings of obstacles when parking in reverse.
Flank Guard is another premiere in the Corsa. Fitted with 12 sensors, the system warns the driver if the side of the car is about to collide with an object while manoeuvring at speeds less than 6mph. In addition to warnings displayed on the infotainment screen, the system also gives audio signals that increase in frequency the closer the car gets to the obstacle.
Finally, Panoramic Rear View Camera increases visibility by up to 180 degrees behind the car, enabling drivers to see traffic approaching from the left or right.
State-of-the-art infotainment for relaxed driving and ultimate connectivity
Sporting a range of new infotainment systems, the all-new Corsa offers relaxed driving and ultimate connectivity. The Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi both feature a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, while the top-of-the-range Multimedia Navi Pro includes a HD 10.0-inch colour touchscreen. Angled slightly toward the driver, each system is perfectly positioned and clearly displayed in the instrument panel. The Multimedia systems are compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and feature control via integrated voice recognition.
Vauxhall Connect, at the touch of a button (impact detection activates e-Call automatically), puts you in touch with a trained advisor in the event of an emergency or breakdown. The service operates 24/7, 365 days a year and is available from next year as standard on Elite and Ultimate (standard on Nav trims and on Corsa-e) models.