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Vauxhall updates popular Corsa range with new engine and specs

By Paul Connolly

The Vauxhall Corsa may not be the most glamorous car in the world but it is one of the most popular, being a permanent fixture in the UK top ten chart for years.

This week Vauxhall announced revisions to the range, with new Euro 6.2 compliant engines and a range of model updates.

The manufacturer announced the new Corsa range will now be available in seven different trim levels.

A brand new entry-level trim, called Active, has been unveiled, starting from £11,250 on the road.

Customers can also choose from Design, Energy, Sport, SRi Nav, SE Nav and SRi VX Nav Black models. All models are available in three or five door variants.

The new 1.4-litre Euro 6.2 compliant petrol engines are Paired with either a five or six speed manual, or automatic transmission.

In manual gearbox guise, the new engines can achieve up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 128g/km.

The range also now has more tech as standard (on selected trims).

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Vauxhall Corsa

The refreshed Corsa introduces air con as standard starting from the Design trim, and Navi 4.0 IntelliLink touchscreen navigation and infotainment system on all models from the SRi Nav trim.

Vauxhall has also introduced the new Lux pack, which is available for customers choosing the SE Nav trim. For an extra £1,550, customers can add extras including 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear view camera, tinted rear windows, single zone climate control and more.

The new refreshed model range is now available to order.

The change is the latest to the Corsa range, with a sporty Corsa GSi due to go on sale this month in dealerships.

Built on a Corsa VXR chassis, the new GSi is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine with 150PS and 220Nm of torque.

Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes  8.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 128mph.

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Vauxhall Corsa GSi

In addition to delivering high performance, the Corsa GSi is also part of Vauxhall’s latest Euro 6d-TEMP rollout (fuel economy 47.1mpg combined, CO2 emissions from 139g/km).

A sharper design inside and out differentiates the GSi from ordinary Corsas:  large front air intakes, a sculptured bonnet and prominent rear spoiler distinguish the front end while at the rear, a spoiler provides downforce at higher cornering speeds.

A chrome tailpipe and red-painted front brake calipers complete the look.

Inside, leather Recaro seats (optional) allow drivers to sit low in the car, and a leather sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals continue the GSi theme.

As with most other Corsas, the GSi comes with Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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Vauxhall Corsa GSi

The Corsa first appeared in the UK in 1983, under the name Vauxhall Nova, as a replacement to the Vauxhall Chevette.

The Corsa name was added in 1993, to match the car’s name in the rest of the world – the Opel Corsa. The current car is the fifth generation, dating from 2014.

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