Battery electric version of perenially popular supermini revealed with 211-mile range

Vauxhall has revealed the new full electric Corsa-e supermini, which will kickstart the brand’s electrification programme when it goes on sale next March with 134bhp and a 211-mile range.

The unveiling of official pictures and details of the EV version of the Corsa – which will also be offered with petrol and diesel powertrains – has been brought forward after images of the Opel-branded version leaked online yesterday.

The new Corsa is the first Vauxhall model that has been developed since the firm was bought by the PSA Group, which also owns Peugeot, Citroën and DS. It shares the PSA Group’s new CMP platform and powertrains with the recently launched Peugeot 208.

The Corsa-e will match the e-208 in having a 50kWh battery to power the electric motor. The powertrain has 134bhp and produces 191lb ft, enough for a 0-31mph time of around 3.1secs.

The Corsa-e will feature three drive modes – Normal, Sport and Eco – with Vauxhall claiming the 211-mile official range can be extended by up to 40% in Eco drive mode. The hatch also features a regenerative braking system.

While based on the same architecture, the car’s bodywork is entirely a Vauxhall/Opel design, with no crossover from the 208. Despite the new platform, the Corsa’s dimensions are closely matched to the outgoing model, while the styling is also similar.

The Corsa-e will have styling close to the combustion-engined version, with a bespoke wheel design and slightly different grille. It features a charging port located where the fuel filler normally is on a combustion-engined car. It will only be offered in five-door form, reflecting current industry trends. 

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Inside, the Corsa-e will be offered with a 10in touchscreen, with an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also offer a range of driver assistance features, including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and park assist.

The combustion-engined version of the Corsa, which Autocar drove a development version of recently, will be launched at a later date.

Vauxhall will reveal pricing information for the Corsa-e closer to when it goes on sale next year.

As part of the PSA Group's wider plans, Vauxhall will offer a full electric or electrified version of every model in its line-up by 2024. It recently unveiled the Grandland PHEV, and has confirmed the successor to the Mokka X SUV and the new Vivaro van, both due in 2020, will feature battery electric variants.

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23 May 2019

experienced under PSA. It's even making money after decades of having hemorrhaged billions under GM. Major embarassment for the yanks I'd say. Enough to sack all managers who were responsible for these brands. But car journalists are just too lazy to spend any effort looking into this.

24 May 2019
voyager12 wrote:

experienced under PSA. It's even making money after decades of having hemorrhaged billions under GM. Major embarassment for the yanks I'd say. Enough to sack all managers who were responsible for these brands. But car journalists are just too lazy to spend any effort looking into this.

Well I'm sure no motoring journalist nor anybody else will be as thrusting and dynamic as you sir- But I have read many articles on these very pages about PSA's success at making Opel/Vauxhall profitable. Perhaps because on this occassion the article happened to be about the new E-Corsa the writer decided to write about that?

 

23 May 2019

.....IF the price is right.

Steam cars are due a revival.

23 May 2019

Finally! A Vauxhall that looks great and is desirable. Vauxhall's turn-around offers great encouragment in these dark days.

JMax

26 May 2019

I dont have the problem with EVs that many people appear to have. But, it will be interesting to see what price this vehicle is when it hits the dealerships. I suspect it will be in the £20k to £25k price bracketmeaning most people will stick with the petrol version.

26 May 2019
If it drives good too, it deserves to do well.

MrJ

26 May 2019

Looks attractive and a definite 'maybe' if the range is right.

For me, that needs to be in the Tesla zone: 300-odd miles with a quick-charge facility.

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