Set to fight the next-gen VW Polo and Ford Fiesta, Opel's overhauled Corsa has been caught on camera for the very first time.
The Corsa E has been around for approximately two years, so some will be tempted to say that Opel is in a hurry to come out with a new generation. However, that’s not actually the case if we take into consideration the current version of the supermini actually uses the underpinnings of its predecessor, so in some ways it’s like a more significant facelift of the Corsa D.
Today we are bringing a first batch of spy images of Opel’s brand new B-segment hatchback bound to get all-new hardware. Although it’s heavily camouflaged, the next Corsa appears to be wearing the production headlights and taillights and it also might have most of the final body panels. It will be interesting to see whether there is going to be another three-door version since the trend nowadays among people shopping in this segment is to opt for the more practical five-door layout.
The shape of the car doesn’t seem to be significantly different compared to the Corsa E, but we do notice the side mirror have been repositioned and are now sitting closer to the A-pillar. Even though the car’s size will only go through minor changes, the wheelbase is expected to be stretched a little bit to grant a more spacious interior cabin with additional legroom for passengers sitting in the back. Speaking of size, the Corsa’s biggest competitors are going to be the next-gen Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, both of which have been spotted showing an increased footprint.
Power is expected to come from an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines, all of which are going to be turbocharged. Seeing as how the new Corsa will make the switch to a new platform, a weight loss is likely on the agenda as well to boost fuel economy and performance. Since we’re on the subject of performance, a flagship Corsa OPC will join the lineup later during the supermini’s life cycle to go after the GTI and ST with probably more oomph than the current gen’s 207 hp (152 kW) punch coming from a turbo 1.6-liter motor.
Meanwhile, the regular Corsa F will likely be introduced in the second half of next year, quite possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September before going on sale late 2017 or early 2018.