GM-owned Opel teases redesigned hatchback

June 28, 2014
General Motors’ Germany-based Opel division has published a set of teaser images that preview the facelifted Corsa hatchback. The company’s next sub-compact is scheduled to greet the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show that will open its doors to the public next October.

Offered either as a five-door or a three-door hatchback, the Corsa has been Opel’s bread-and-butter model since the first generation appeared in 1982. The teaser images suggest the revamped Corsa retains the current model’s silhouette but it gains updated front and rear fascias inspired by the MINI-fighting Adam city car.

Opel is keeping full technical details under wraps until the Corsa’s formal debut but it has announced the hatchback will be offered with a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine rated at 115 horsepower. Power will be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

Buyers after more grunt will be able to choose from a large catalog of gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines pulled out of the Opel parts bin. A performance-focused OPC-badged model aimed at the Volkswagen Polo GTI will round out the lineup later in the production run.

Look for additional details about the next Opel Corsa to emerge in the weeks leading up to its debut in the French capital. As always, the Corsa will wear a Vauxhall badge in the United Kingdom.

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