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Opel Corsa

Mon, 22 May 2006

Opel has released pictures of the new Corsa, which will make its debut in July at the British Motor Show. Sharing its platform with the Fiat Grande Punto, styling is closer to the larger Astra with dynamic cab-forward proportions. Aided by the strong chin, an additional pane in the side-glass also enables a more forward-reaching profile - as chief designer Niels Loeb said "this is just what we wanted the coupe-like three-door Corsa to be."

Inside, the IP neatly evolves themes from the outgoing model, with cues also shared with the new Antara SUV. Yellow lighting behind translucent controls offsets the dominant grey tones, in an interior that otherwise aims to continue the range?s reputation for spaciousness and ease-of-use.

The new Corsa will be available with five engines from launch: 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4-liter petrol with 1.3 and 1.7-liter diesel options, the latter producing 125PS. Street-racers will have to wait until January for the 200PS VXR version. Key dimensions: length 3990mm, height 1490mmm, width1710mm.