Vauxhall has released the first images of its all-new, sixth-generation Corsa, which will also be coming in an all-electric guise.
Dubbed “Corsa-e”, the electric variant of the supermini is claimed to have a 205 mile range that can be extended by up to 40 per cent in “Eco” mode. Vauxhall engineers say the battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes at a rapid-charge station.
With 134 bhp and 191 lb-ft of torque from the electric powertrain the car sprints from 0-31 mph in 3.1 seconds, while 62 mph takes 8.1 seconds.
Corsa-e drivers can choose from three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. In Normal mode, the 50 kWh battery – which Vauxhall says is guaranteed for eight years – allows a driving range of 205 miles according to the WLTP standard; Sport results in a loss in driving range of around 10 per cent; and Eco, when compared with Sport, delivers an increase “by up to 40 per cent”.
The model also gets a regenerative braking system as part of efforts to further improve efficiency.
Externally, the new Corsa has a length of 4.06 metres, while the roof line is 48 mm lower than its predecessor’s, with the driver thereby sitting 28 mm lower. The designers say handling and overall driving dynamics have benefited from the lowered centre of gravity.
As part of the Vauxhall’s “PACE!” strategic plan, two more all-electric models will follow the Corsa-e later on in 2020, including the successor to the Mokka X SUV and Vivaro van.
The Corsa remains a critical model for Vauxhall, having been its best-selling car for many years, with over 2.1 million sold in the UK since it launched in 1993. It is said to be just as popular in Europe, with over 13.5 million sold.