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Vauxhall teases electric Corsa ahead of launch this year

Vauxhall 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.

“As a British brand since 1903, in fact, Britain’s oldest car brand, Vauxhall has always been known for bringing cutting-edge technology to the mainstream, at an affordable price,” said Stephen Norman, Vauxhall’s group managing director. “And with the all-new Corsa, we’re doing it not once, but twice, by electrifying the UK’s best-known supermini, and adding lighting technology normally only found in premium cars.”

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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.