The New Vauxhall Corsa is now available with a 48V hybrid powertrain, a new 1.2-litre petrol engine available, and a 28hp electric motor. This hybrid powertrain results in around 20% lower fuel consumption as well as lower CO2 emissions compared to petrol Corsa.
The new hybrid powertrain features a lithium-ion battery with a useable capacity of 432Wh, which becomes recharged automatically under particular driving conditions. This, combined with a next generation 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine designed specifically for hybridisation, provides the best of both worlds for petrol and electric vehicles. It comes available in 2 states of tune, with peak power of 100hp/136hp produced at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm or 230Nm available at 1,750rpm.
The engine is paired with a new electrified 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that has also been designed especially for application within hybrid vehicles. A permanent magnet synchronous electric motor is integrated into the gearbox, producing a peak power of 21kW (28hp) and maximum torque of 55Nm. The transmission casing houses the electric motor, the DC inverter and the ECU (Engine Control Unit), optimising the size and weight of the drivetrain and ensuring that incredible performance is delivered while driving. The battery is installed under the front left seat to ensure no compromise on boot space.
Efficient, fun to drive and user-friendly, 48V hybrid technology is ideal for the New Corsa. Compared with the similar non-electrified Corsa 1.2 (100hp) with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the new 100hp Corsa Hybrid offers a reduction in fuel consumption of approximately 20% (60.1-62.8 mpg, WLTP combined) and lower CO2 emissions (102-106g/km CO2, WLTP).
Seamless combination of petrol engine and electric motor technology
When driving through any set of conditions, the Vauxhall Corsa Hybrid’s petrol engine and electric motor work together or separately, optimising energy consumption and performance. The system offers its greatest advantages when in city traffic.
The electric motor allows the New Corsa Hybrid to be driven short distances on just electric power under low torque requirements (e.g. when manoeuvring or under 18mph in city traffic). It also provides assistance to the petrol engine while accelerating, like when launching from a standstill. This contributes to a 0-62mph time of 10.7 seconds for the 100PS powertrain and 8.6 seconds for the 136PS powertrain – both faster than the equivalent petrol models.
When decelerating, the petrol engine stops and the e-motor acts as a generator to recharge the hybrid system's 48V battery. The battery also stores energy that's recuperated by the regenerative braking system.
The new petrol engines have been greatly optimised for efficiency and operate in the Miller combustion cycle, and this efficiency allows it to pass many of the bars for clean air zones across the UK. This thermodynamic cycle is enabled by the variable geometry turbocharger, which enhances performance at low rpm, and variable valve timing. A belt-driven starter combines with the e-motor to start the petrol engine from cold. The belt-starter can also restart the engine quickly and seamlessly while driving.
The New Corsa Hybrid opens up the options for available powertrains, with the Corsa also available with a choice of two fully electric powertrains as well as efficient petrol engines.
In line with Vauxhall’s simplified trim line-up, the New Corsa Hybrid is available in Design, GS and Ultimate specifications.
The design is the entry-point to the New Corsa range and thus the vehicle is extremely well equipped. It features 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome-effect badging, while the inside benefits from a new 10-inch touchscreen, coming standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. All Design models feature LED headlights and daytime running lights, high beam assist, and rear parking distance sensors as well a wide range of driver-assistance technology, including lane departure warning with lane keep assist, speed sign recognition, driver drowsiness alert, cruise control, and an automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection.
GS models add a sporty twist to the New Corsa’s design. Among the enhancements are a contrasting black roof and A-pillars, high-gloss black B-pillars, a black Griffin logo, and Vizor frame at the front and 17-inch diamond-cut gloss black alloy wheels. Other additions over Design specification include LED front fog lights and tail-lights, front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.
At the top of the New Corsa range, Ultimate models continue to build upon and enhance the Corsa, with Vauxhall’s class-leading IntelliLux adaptive LED® Matrix headlights allow greatly enhanced visibility at night without the risk of dazzling other road users. A heated steering wheel, heated seats, and keyless entry and start provide additional comfort and convenience. More advanced driver-assistance features such as enhanced automatic emergency braking and extended traffic sign recognition are also included.