2018 Vauxhall Corsa spotted testing in Europe
Euro-spec Opel saloon development car shows how Vauxhall’s future hatchback will look
Autocar’s spy photographers have spotted an Opel Corsa saloon development car running on the Continent. While this body shape won’t come to the UK, it does offer a glimpse of the design features that will be added to Britain’s Vauxhall hatch model.
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.
While the rear of this saloon-bodied development car offers no insight into what British hatchback models will look like, Autocar sources think Vauxhall’s designers will use the Astra as an influence when designing the new Corsa hatchback’s back end.
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.