Vauxhall have announced that their next generation Corsa will produce as little as 85g/km in the 1.3 CDTi diesel model. The new Corsa, which will be hitting showrooms – as well as the Paris Motor show – in October, also boasts an expected starting price of under £10,000. It looks like Vauxhall is using its green credentials as part of a renewed challenge against the dominance of the mighty Ford Fiesta.
The new 1.3 CDTi diesels will be available in either 73hp or 93hp versions, with the latter achieving the headline 85g/km figure in its three door option, and delivering 87.8mpg. The new generation of turbo chargers ensures a smooth driving experience and powerful acceleration at low engine speeds, along with reduced noise generation. Fuel efficiency is also enhanced with start/stop technology, which is fitted to all models as standard.
Another highlight from the new Corsa range will be the Ecotec 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder direct injection turbo petrol engine. Meeting the latest Euro 6 regulations for emissions, the Ecotec models will be available at either 88hp or 113hp, both of which promise 170Nm of torque at 1,800 rpm. This provides a valuable acceleration boost, particularly noticeable in the overtaking range of 50mph to 70mph. The 113hp variant is reported to be able to make this transition in just over ten seconds.
Test results show that the 88hp three door version achieves 54.7mpg on the combined cycle. There are also naturally aspirated models available with 1.2 and 1.4 litre engines at 68 and 88hp.
In addition to the eco-friendly and highly efficient engines, Vauxhall have also announced that its sophisticated IntelliLink connectivity and infotainment system will be provided as standard on most models, providing connectivity with Apple and Android smartphones. The Corsa has been given a completely new instrument panel and dashboard, plus a seven inch colour touchscreen. The new model also offers a range of the latest driver assistance features.
Despite trailing both the Fiesta and Focus in terms of sales, the Corsa remains a solidly performing and consistently popular car. This probably explains why Vauxhall have decided not to change the overall dimensions or the tried-and-tested shape of the Corsa in this latest version. However, Vauxhall will have to increase Corsa sales by 45% if they want to match the Fiesta’s 2013 performance. Only time will tell whether their new, greener engines will help them to achieve this goal.