Vauxhall/Opel teases electric Corsa ahead of launch this year

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Vauxhall/Opel has published a teaser image of the new Corsa, which launches later this year in its first-ever electric guise.

The fifth-gen Corsa will debut new adaptive, glare-free full-LED headlight tech

The fifth-generation of the supermini will not only migrate over to PSA’s ‘Common Modular Platform’ (CMP) platform also being used for the new DS3 Crossback, but will also debut a battery-electric version, as announced more than a year ago, post-PSA takeover in Vauxhall turnaround plans. The electric Corsa is one of four Vauxhall/Opel ‘electrified’ models due on the market by 2020, also including the Grandland X PHEV, as the brand draws upon PSA’s electric drivetrains.

No engine details have been announced yet but the line-up will also get internal combustion engine variants.

The teaser also reveals the car’s IntelliLux LED headlights. Previously seen on Astra and Insignia and billed as a segment first for a supermini, these automatically and continuously adapt the illuminated area in line with traffic conditions to ensure other drivers aren’t dazzled.

“We are celebrating 120 years of automobile production this year and therefore 120 years full of innovations for everyone,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “We have always made top technologies accessible to all. That is our mission and our motivation and it applies especially to a model that is as popular as the Opel Corsa. We will therefore equip the next generation of our bestseller with the best lighting technology – IntelliLux LED matrix headlights.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.