The head of Vauxhall/Opel, Michael Lohscheller, has already told Autocar that the new Corsa will not be compromised in any way.

“Its true that we had a ready-to-use version, and you cant stretch a design to adapt it to a new platform,” he said, “but the teams have done a fantastic job in record time to make sure the car fits the bill.

The new Corsa will be based on PSAs Common Modular Platform (CMP), a front-wheel drive architecture. The Corsa is also immersed in PSAs engine range and is likely to adopt the three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit in a variety of power ratings.

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In spite of the change to a new platform, it is understood that the dimensions of the Mk6 Corsa coincide with those of the outgoing model. Vauxhall decided to launch the current Corsa in 2014 with dimensions almost identical to those of its predecessor, because the company considered it to be the ideal size for customers. This strategy is expected to continue. The current Corsa is 4021mm long, 1736mm wide and 1479mm high, dimensions that make it slightly longer and taller, but narrower, than the existing 208.

The design of the Corsa was established to be evolutionary before the plan for a GM-derived model was eliminated. Now, to mark a new era for the model owned by PSA, the style promises to mark a change from its traditional look. However, if the Grandland X SUV is something to follow, its relationship with PSA will result in a less radical design than the new 208.

The three-door Corsa will be eliminated, reflecting the industrys tendency to discontinue these body styles, which are less popular with buyers. Producing just one five-door Corsa will also help Vauxhall/Opel achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Inside, the Corsa will receive PSAs popular touch screen information and entertainment system, but the overall feel of the interior is expected to be different from that of its French brothers. The introduction of the new Vauxhall grille and the new design of lights and all-glass dashboard panel is expected.

Shortly after the debut of the standard Corsa this year, an electric version, called eCorsa, will be released. Although the Peugeot 208 will be the first to obtain an electric variant, the Peugeot 208 and the Corsa will be among the few selected in the supermini segment to adopt electrified transmissions. Key rivals such as Ford Fiesta are not expected to become electric for many years to come.

The eCorsas electric range will probably be about 210 miles, in line with zero-emission rivals such as Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.

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