Next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Corsa will be inspired by the Astra GTC

Article by Christian A., on August 20, 2012

Several sources said that the appearance of the Opel-Vauxhall’s fifth-generation Corsa is inspired by the much-admired Vauxhall Astra GTC. Production of the new supermini will begin in April 2014. It will be available with a variety of efficient new engines and could be lighter than one ton in entry-level form as part of its weight-saving plan.

Its Astra GTC-derived styling may be the key to the success of the Corsa. The car’s style has become more dramatic and rakish but it still keeps its present ‘grown-up’ dynamics, says Autocar. A rendering of the three-door model shows that its design is more daring than the five-door with a profile that almost looks like a coupé.

However, the two cars will have the same GTC-inspired front end with big headlights and a slim chrome grille. It’s also expected to feature the ‘blade’ surfacing that Vauxhall uses in the doors. The new Corsa, internally known as ‘Corsa E’, will be built on GM’s global Gamma II platform for small cars. It was used on the latest Chevrolet Aveo and will also be used for Vauxhall’s forthcoming Mokka compact SUV.

This platform can be used with different lengths and widths, but the Corsa isn’t expected to increase too much from its present measurements of 3999mm length, 1737mm width and 1488mm height in the five-door variant.

Opel has revealed that while a number of its current compact hatchbacks have three-door versions, the Astra GTC is slated to be a standalone model. Not only that, it will be the ultimate Astra when it comes to driving dynamics and design. Almost everything in the exterior of the new Astra GTC is new. The only features it has that are also in other members of the Astra range are the rod antenna and the housing of the rear five mirror.

While seven wheel designs will be offered, varying from the 17-inch wheels to the 20-inch ones, six of them have features exclusive to the GTC. One feature that is exclusive to the new Astra GTC is its panoramic windscreen. This is not new though as it was first included in the production version of the previous Astra GTC released in 2006.

Visually, the panoramic windshield effortlessly stretches beginning from the hood and all the way to the roof, even going to the B-pillar. Since there is no cross-member, then the view is never ruined. This panoramic windshield therefore gives all occupants a driving experience that is truly one of a kind. It also brings with it a new feeling of visibility and space and the field of vision is almost unlimited, much like how one would see when inside the cockpit of a jet.

Opel said that when this windshield was developed, the engineering team managed to file 11 patents. While on the road, both driver and passengers will get to experience the advantages offered by the premium front axle layout that comes with the High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut). What this does is combine the brand’s patented and very own Watt's link rear axle in order to have the sharpest driving precision with stability that is unparalleled.

There are other innovations included as well like the driver assistance system that is mainly based on the Opel Eye’s second generation. Now for the new Astra GTC, this front camera now comes with its functionality expanded.

Then there is the fourth generation of the Bi-Xenon Advanced Forward Lighting or AFL+. Indeed, the new Astra GTC is the best example of the brand’s design language. Cementing this notion are the dramatic proportions and the sculpted shapes with precise accents.

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