New Vauxhall Corsa: pics, engines, and electric power plans

Electric power, new engines, and an all-new design: The new 2019 Vauxhall Corsa

Murray Scullion
May 3, 2019

Could this be the most important new Vauxhall of the modern age?

The Corsa has long been Vauxhall’s best-seller, buoyed by endless special editions and keen finance offers. The current Corsa is mostly an updated version of the previous generation too, making this new version the largest overhaul to the model in the last thirteen or so years.

So yes, it looks like it will be the most important Vauxhall of the modern age.

Stephen Norman, Vauxhall’s Managing Director, says: "As our best-selling model for many years, the Corsa is fundamentally important to Vauxhall, having sold more than 2.1 million since it launched in 1993."

Vauxhall (as of 2017) belongs to the same group that owns Peugeot and Citroen, and this new Corsa shares mechanical parts with the new Peugeot 208 - itself due later this year.

This new Corsa will also be available with an electric powertain - making it the second electric car Vauxhall has ever made, behind the defunct Ampera.

What else is Vauxhall keen to shout about? It’s 10 per cent lighter than the outgoing model. And Vauxhall says it’ll be equipped with a raft of ‘highly advanced’ systems including the latest ESP (Electronic Stability Programme). So expect it to do well in Euro NCAP tests.

There’s also a new style of LED headlights that automatically adapt to traffic, minimising glare.

Alternatively, keep scrolling to read the latest news on the car, or take a look at the latest Vauxhall Corsa discounts for the outgoing model, which are expected to become more generous as the new car comes closer to production.

Highlights include

  • All electric version
  • New interior and dashboard touchscreen
  • 'Glare free' lights 
  • Latest driver assistances

Key facts

2019 Vauxhall Corsa reveal date Summer 2019 (estimated)
2019 Vauxhall Corsa price from £15,000 (estimated)
2019 Vauxhall Corsa on sale date Late 2019 (estimated)
2019 Vauxhall Corsa deliveries 2020 (estimated)

2019 Vauxhall Corsa interior

Vauxhall is keeping the design of the interior under wraps for now, as seen in the picture above. Whether any versions will get the Peugeot 208’s fully digital dashboard remains to be seen, but judging by what we’ve seen, it does look like some versions will have buttons and switches.

The dashboard looks set to have an integrated touchscreen, rather than a 'floating' style one that looks like it was added on as an afterthought. Size of screen hasn’t been confirmed yet, but there will most likely be different sizes on depending on trim.

2019 Vauxhall Corsa technology

The 2019 Corsa will be the most technologically advanced Corsa ever made.

Headlining the hi-tech race is the all-electric version. This will start from around £20,000, and while specifications haven’t been released yet, we expect it to be similar to the Peugeot e-208. Expect range to be 211 miles, and for it to charge from 0% to 80% in 30 minutes from the most powerful charging stations found at motorway service stations.

Vauxhall says that the Corsa will be the first non-premium supermini to have adaptive full LED headlights. These headlights automatically and continuously adapt to traffic conditions, sending their beam of light around traffic to maintain visibility at night, without blinding other road users.


2019 Vauxhall Corsa design

The outgoing Corsa really is beginning to look its age now. So a fresh face will do it the world of good. Luckily, it’s receiving more than just a quick nip and tuck. It’s being treated to a complete overhaul.

It’s a bigger car than the old Corsa, and all of the prototype test cars have been five, rather than three-doors. These prototypes have been heavily camouflaged (see pictures) too. From the front it will have a recognisable Vauxhall front grille, with sharp and narrow front lights.

Rear lights are narrow too, helping to cut a slimming figure. The side profile can’t escape the car’s bulk though - on small wheels it begins to look a bit podgy.


2019 Vauxhall Corsa model range

The Corsa range will be split from the start between electric versions and non-electric versions.

Trim levels are yet to be confirmed, but Vauxhall has a knack for creating the most bewildering list on the market. There are six models of Corsa currently available - and that’s before we get in to special editions.


2019 Vauxhall Corsa engines

Engines are likely to be shared with the 208. So expect a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol available in three states of tune. The cheapest and least powerful will have 75hp and a five speed manual, while the most expensive and most powerful will have 130hp and an automatic. In between will be a 100hp version available with a six-speed manual or automatic.

2019 Vauxhall Corsa review

No one from outside the company has driven one yet, but on paper it looks good. Vauxhall reckons the new Corsa weighs around 10 per cent less than the outgoing model, and generally, the lighter a car is, the better it is to drive.

The combustion engines are nothing new, but they are known entities. The cheapest and slowest version of the 1.0-litre (with 75hp) will most likely feel slow, while the 130hp will feel quite sprightly.

The electric version should have a 0-62mph time of around eight seconds, which will feel pretty brisk.
Read the current generation Vauxhall Corsa buying guide


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