The new Corsa was announced recently. This is big news – seeing as we buy them in the thousands. Now that Opel/Vauxhall is under Peugeot ownership, we’ve been led to believe that we’ll start seeing an increase in quality. This new car is totally re-engineered and is based on the cute Peugeot 208 platform which, let’s be honest, isn’t a bad thing.
To make matters even more appealing to potential Corsa owners, the new car has achieved the best aerodynamic ratings in the entire hatchback segment – making for one super-slippery car.
With a drag co-efficient of 0.29Cd, it’s officially the most aerodynamically-sound car in its class. This is good news for those looking for a decent fuel return, making it as much as 5% better than before thanks to the improved aero alone.
So how have they managed it? I hear you screaming from the rooftops. Well, it’s actually quite clever. The new car’s design includes a supercar-like underbody that’s made up of flat panelling from the engine compartment through to the rear axle – this allows air to glide over the bottom of the car and prevents it from getting caught up as it passes over the car’s innards. This is quite innovative for a budget hatchback.
Also included is an active-aero shutter which closes off cooling vents to the engine when they’re not required, thus helping to better direct air around the car. A small rear spoiler puts the icing on the cake, completing the Corsa’s nifty aerodynamic enhancements.
Base models are weighing in at a featherweight 980kg, making them up to 10% lighter than the previous model. The all-new Corsa is available to order now for a January launch. Prices start at £15,500.
But is it all enough to make you want one over it’s fully-French cousin the 208?