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2014-07-09 12:32

HEADED FOR SA: Opel’s fourth-generation Corsa will make its debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October. Image: Opel

  • Fourth-generation Corsa to be launched in 2014
  • New engines and transmissions
  • Improved interior with IntelliLink
  • Set for 2014 Paris auto show, October 4-19

LUTON, England – Opel/Vauxhall reveals its fourth-generation Corsa set to make its debut at the 2014 Paris auto show.

The next-generation of Opel's popular hatchback sports a new design, engines, transmissions and interior.

The new Opel Corsa will arrive in South Africa in 2015.

NEW DESIGN

The new Corsa retains much of the outgoing model’s design, such as its wrap-around headlights and rear, though with noticeable changes. At the front, the grille and badge have moved below the headlights. The sides are more pronounced as well as the wheel arches and sloping rear.

The Corsa sits on a redesigned chassis, with new suspension and steering. Its centre of gravity has been lowered by 5mm, and it benefits from a stiffer front sub-frame and new front suspension for improved handling. Its speed-sensitive power steering can be switched to a city mode for low-speed manoeuvres.

GALLERY: 2014 Opel Corsa

In terms of safety it’s equipped with hill start assist, park assist and tyre pressure monitoring.

ENGINES

The highlight of the engine line-up will be the new three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ecotec turbo petrol available in Europe (under the Vauxhall nameplate) in either 66kW or 85kW guise. Both configurations are capable of 170Nm. Fuel consumption data will be announced later tin 2014.

The Corsa will also borrow the 1.4 turbo from its Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic siblings, capable of 73kW/200Nm. Also on offer are two revised naturally-aspirated petrol units – a 1.2- and a 1.4-litre. The new Corsa will also use an improved version of the outgoing Corsa’s 1.3 CDTi diesel. The engines can be mated to two new six-speed manual and auto gearboxes.

INSIDE

Inside, the dimensions remain the same as its predecessor though the cabin has been re-designed.

The centre console and instrument panel is themed around horizontal lines. The new Corsa will be equipped with the automaker’s IntelliLink communications system, debuted on Adam hatchback.

The system is operated via a 17cm colour touchscreen, and can be controlled via apps. The system is compatible with both Apple and Android capable phones, and incorporates additional features, such as voice command, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free and FlexDock (an area for locating/charging your mobile phone).

It’s equipped with blindspot alert, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, bi-xenons and a rear-view camera.

More details about the fourth-generation Corsa, including full pricing, will be revealed later in 2014.
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