The Tigra name will return to the UK later this year when Vauxhall launches a new two-seat convertible.
After being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Tigra will go on sale around September. It will rival the Peugeot 206 CC and Ford Streetka, as well as forthcoming models from Mini and Nissan.
Like the 206 CC, the Tigra has an electric folding steel roof, which opens and closes at the touch of a button, giving owners the choice between coupe and convertible.
The new car shares the same 2490mm wheelbase as the Corsa supermini on which it is based, but is just over 100mm longer overall. The Tigra is also longer than the two-plus-two 206 CC, suggesting generous space for its two occupants.
Power comes from a choice of two petrol engines, a 90bhp 1.4 or 125bhp 1.8, both with a five-speed manual gearbox. A diesel engine is a possibility in the future, but will not be available from launch.
The Tigra’s nose stands out from the Corsa thanks to new-look wraparound lights and chrome moulding in the bumper. Inside, the dash is carried over almost unchanged from the Corsa, but with chrome-ringed instruments, while standard kit includes two-tone bucket seats and aluminium roll-over hoops.
Exact prices and specifications will be announced nearer the time, but we expect the car to cost from about £14,000 to £16,000 and have standard equipment on a par with a top-spec Corsa.
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