New Vauxhall Corsa to get 'best-in-class interior'

* New Corsa to get 'wow' interior * Exterior design inspired by Monza concept * New 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engines...

New Vauxhall Corsa to get 'best-in-class interior'

The new Vauxhall Corsa is to get 'a wow interior that will be best in class,' according to Mark Adams, vice president of Vauxhall/Opel design. 

Adams described the interior as having 'a much simpler interface than the current Corsa, with less switchgear on the console.'

Expect a colour touch-screen and OnStar online connectivity system, which can run on 4G and offer benefits including automatically alerting the emergency services if the airbags deploy, a means to track the car if it’s stolen, as well as allowing owners to perform diagnostic checks. According to Karl-Thomas Neumann, President of Vauxhall and Opel Europe, OnStar will be 'optional only on entry-level trims' across the entire Vauxhall brand. 

The new Corsa - available to order in the UK later in 2014 – will retain some chassis parts from the current car, and is likely to take a different design direction to current models.

Adams stated that the new Corsa, which is one of the biggest-selling cars in the UK in its current iteration,'will be influenced by the Monza concept.'

Shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2013, the Monza hints at a more aggressive, sharper-edged fascia for future Vauxhall models, although the trademark 'blade' crease down the side panels will remain a big feature.

The Corsa will be lighter than its predecessor, will continue to be available as a three- and five-door model, and will be offered with the new 89bhp and 113bhp 1.0-litre, turbocharged, three-cylinder engines that will go into the Adam Rocks first. A dual-clutch automatic gearbox could also become available after launch. 

Expect to see the Corsa at the Paris motor show later this year, before deliveries start at the beginning of 2015.