Despite the fact that the ongoing Corsa arrived only two years ago, Opel is already working on its replacement. A recently spotted test prototype confirms these words. Namely, the sixth-generation Corsa is due to adopt a whole new platform as well as radical visual alterations. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the new underpinnings will make the super-mini lighter and faster than before. In addition to the hatchback variant, the most recent reports reveal that a Corsa sedan is also in the works. The four-door version of this popular car will be aimed primarily at the emerging markets. It is also likely to go on sale as Vauxhall Corsa or with Chevrolet badging. As for the 2018 Opel Corsa release date, reliable sources hint that it could arrive in late 2017.
2018 Opel Corsa Design and Changes
According to the spy images, the five-door Corsa hatchback will be significantly larger than its predecessor. The new model will actually ride on a smaller version of the architecture that underpins the Opel Astra. A large percentage of high-strength steel and aluminum in the new chassis will result in improved fuel economy and performance. Despite its heavy camouflage, the test prototype reveals a slimmer front grille that has been slightly raised. The headlights also seem to feature a much more aggressive styling in comparison with the outgoing model. Generally speaking, the 2018 Opel Corsa will sport a sheet metal similar to that of the new Astra.
Both front and rear axles have been pushed closer to the corners in order to increase cabin space. The interior is expected to adopt a slew of more premium materials and features. Also, the 2018 Opel Corsa’s infotainment system is likely to offer optional Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. In a way, the interior trim and features will mimic the new Astra to a large extent. Just like the current model, the upcoming Corsa 2018 will be available in three- and five-door body styles.
2018 Opel Corsa Engine Specs
When it comes to the powertrain options, don’t expect any dramatic changes from the next-gen Corsa. The existing lineup is likely to receive a number of tweaks in an effort to boost power and efficiency. So, the 2018 Opel Corsa should offer the 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit with a slight output increase. Next in line will be the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the diesel 1.6-liter inline-4. Some sources speculate that Opel plans to drop the current 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines on nearly all major markets.
The Opel Corsa 2018 will arrive just in time to rival the likes of new Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. Other competitors in the hotly contested supermini segment include the Renault Clio and Citroen C3. The appeal of the sixth-generation Corsa car will depend largely on its pricing. We expect more details on that matter to surface in the coming months.