Vauxhall Corsa-e Revealed

Originally Published: July 2019

The next-gen model will be the first all-electric vehicle from the brand

Vauxhall have announced that the new Corsa will have an electrified version. The Corsa-e will have a 205-mile range which, in Eco mode, could be even further. Plus, at a rapid-charging station the 50 kWh battery can regain 80% charge in just half an hour.

The electric powertrain produces 136bhp and 192lbf.ft, meaning it can sprint to 31mph in 2.8-seconds and on to 62mph in 8.1. There will be three driving modes in the new Corsa, with Normal, Eco and Sport. The latter of the three alters the responsiveness of the battery and will only reduce overall range by 10%. Compared to this, Eco mode can add another 40%, taking you from a sporty 184.5-miles to a possible 258…

This is all assisted by the Corsa-e's regenerative braking system, which recovers energy produced under braking and deceleration and, unless using it straight away, converts it and stores it in the battery. With two stages, the lowest form decelerates at a similar rate to that of a conventional engine, whilst the higher setting is set to be much more severe.

As standard with the Corsa-e there is an 11kW on-board charger and a charging cable that can connect to a wall box or fast charger. There is also an eight-year guarantee for the battery.

The all-electric hatch also has innovative features inside, too. It can be fitted with up to a 10-inch touchscreen and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, whilst the standard basic system runs through a 7" screen.

It is also advanced in terms of safety tech. There's camera and radar tech to man the Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist for the first time in a Corsa, Side Blind Spot and Adaptive Cruise Control. There are also two emergency braking systems on offer: a camera-based system that comes into action between speeds of 3 and 23mph, can stop the car dead at up to 18mph and will drop speed by up to 13mph between speeds of 30 and 52mph; or a system that also uses radar and can reduce the cars speed by up to 31mph in order to reduce the force of a collision. Drowsiness Detection warns the driver that they may need to take a break, whilst there is also a suite of parking aids, ranging from front and rear sensors to cameras and the Automatic Parking Assistant debuts on the Corsa, too.

The Corsa-e is the first all-electric Vauxhall, and with the Grandland X PHEV it is leading Vauxhall's push towards electric versions of every vehicle by 2024. Next year we are set to see electric versions of the Mokka X successor and the new Vivaro next year.

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