2018 Vauxhall Corsa hatch spotted for first time
Opel development car shows how Vauxhall’s future hatchback will look; larger dimensions suggest it’ll have more cabin space
Autocar’s spy photographers have spotted a five-door Opel Corsa hatchback running on the Continent for the first time, showing how the rebadged British model will look.
The development car’s heavy camouflaging hides smaller details, but it looks as though the front grille has been raised and made slimmer, likely giving it a look similar to that of the new Astra. There’s a bar across the middle of the grille, which will presumably be a chrome strip with the Vauxhall badge in the middle.
The car’s headlights are also well covered, but the outline of a more aggressive design can be seen, suggesting the Corsa will get an angrier face.
The front wheels of this development car sit significantly closer to the front than the current production model, suggesting both axles of the 2018 Corsa will be pushed out into the corners in a bid to increase cabin space. However, the car’s bonnet looks shorter than that of the current Corsa, meaning overall dimensions might not change that much.
At the back, the outline of slimmer tail-lights can be seen, but covers prevent any other design details from being seen at this stage.
Inside, the Corsa will follow the lead of Vauxhall’s other models and feel more premium with more flashy and decorative foils on the dash and door covers. The touchscreen infotainment system will likely use software first featured in the Astra and it’ll come with optional Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
All variants of the new Corsa will be built upon a smaller version of the new Astra’s underpinnings, meaning both the hatchback and saloon will benefit from significant weight savings over the predecessors.
Engines will likely be a familiar lineup of turbocharged three and four-cylinder units, with the fastest VXR model making use of a 1.6-litre turbo producing in excess of 202bhp.
The current Corsa is offered in three and five-door bodystyles, and the same is expected for the next-gen model. Before this latest sighting of a hatchback, only a Corsa saloon development car (shown in gallery) had been seen. However, this bodystyle won’t be offered to the UK market.