PERENNIAL-favourite Vauxhall’s Corsa is the latest model to receive the firm’s trademark face.
Styled by Niels Loeb, Vauxhall/Opel’s chief exterior designer, the new Corsa features the signature chrome bar, Griffin badge, and ‘Eagle-Eyes’ first seen on the new Meriva.
Five new exterior colours and a host of new interior shades also feature, and Vauxhall’s new optional Touch & Connect multi-media system – which replaces the CD60 unit and uses a five-inch touch screen display, a CD/tuner, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.
Outside, the new Corsa benefits from new 16-inch alloy wheels on both SE and SXi models, while the 192PS VXR receives the option of a new 18-inch alloy wheel, modelled on the design of the optional 20-inch wheel worn by the Insignia VXR.
Handling has also been improved. Softer springs mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes and an increased diameter improves the ride, and revised damper settings all round and an optional re-tuned ESP system have enhanced the Corsa’s steering geometry.
The new Corsa range starts at £9995, based on 2011’s 20 per cent VAT rate, and hits showrooms in February.