Vauxhall has announced that its Corsa range will be 13.2 per cent more economical thanks to improved powertrains.
The new 95PS diesel ecoFLEX model, which achieves 98g/km CO2 and 76.3mpg on the combined cycle, so with zero-VED, has already been announced. However now each of the Corsa’s petrol engines is now more economical – as well as more powerful.
The 1.0-litre now produces 65PS (up 5PS), yet emits just 117g of CO2, dropping it two VED bands and meaning that owners now pay just £35 per year in road tax, down from £120, and none at all from next April.
The Corsa’s 85PS 1.2-litre petrol has also dropped a VED band and gained 5PS in power.
The 1.4-litre – which now produces 100PS, up 10PS over the current model – has dropped two bands and manages 51.4mpg, up from 46.3mpg for the existing model.
A more powerful version of the 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX model is the 1.7 CDTi which now produces 130PS, yet drops 12g/km in CO2 emissions.
A new eco gearshift indicator housed within the instrument cluster is available on most models in the range.
Buyers will benefit from zero VED on all manual Corsa models from next April.
Vauxhall’s engineers have also made revisions to the car’s steering and suspension set-ups. Softer springs have been employed in the front suspension, mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes and an increased diameter, improving ride and control characteristics. Complementing this are revised damper settings all round, an optional re-tuned ESP system and enhanced steering geometry.
There is now also a long list of features which have been added as standard to key models in the range. The SE, SXi and SRi now get cruise control and an on-board computer at no extra charge, while the SRi – which now starts at a lower price point – also gets revised suspension settings, air conditioning, 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a VXR styling kit included in its price. The SE even has a heated leather steering wheel and heated front seats.