Opel (and thus, Vauxhall) announced on Tuesday that a replacement for its B-segment hatch will be on the market by the end of 2014.
Marking the fifth-generation of Corsa model, Opel hints the all-new Corsa E will ride on an all-new chassis and employ the company’s latest 1.0-liter ECOTEC gas engine that pushes 115-horsepower through a new six-speed manual transmission. The statement paid no mention of an automatic variant, but it’s about as safe a bet as the sun rising in the morning that there will be one.
Nevertheless, the company notes that four test Corsa E’s were driven through Germany’s Palatinate region. Two current generation Corsa D’s were also used for comparison: a 100-horsepower 1.4-liter model and a 120-horsepower 1.4 Turbo model.
Opel says the new car is a “huge leap” over the current Corsa, with Mark Adams recently telling Auto Express that the new car’s interior will be one of the best in its class. From the teaser photos, all we can tell is that the new Corsa E will feature a front fascia similar to that of the small Adam. However, there more revealing photos on the internet that reveal the subcompacts new look in the buff.
Fortunately, Europeans will soon find out if the company’s claims are true. As for us North Americans, we can only cross our fingers that GM brings it across the pond sporting a Buick badge.