VAUXHALL CELEBRATES THREE WORLD PREMIERES AT IAA FRANKFURT
The Vauxhall Corsa, one of Britain’s best known and most popular cars, is going electric, and is making its first public appearance at the IAA.
Known as the Corsa-e, the fully-electric car is the flag-bearer for a completely new Corsa range, based on Vauxhall’s advanced, CMP Multi-Energy Platform. With 136PS from its 50kWh battery and acceleration from 0-62mph in just 8.1 seconds, the Corsa-e’s punchy performance will appeal to a broad range of drivers who may not have previously considered an electric car.
And with a generous range, using the new, more stringent WLTP test, of 205 miles, the Corsa-e will aim to normalise electric car ownership, as you’d expect from a car wearing such a familiar badge. That range is easily accessible, too: using a public fast-charger, the Corsa-e can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in just 30 minutes.
Vauxhall is also making ownership easily accessible. A £500 reservation fee (fully refundable on purchase) is all that’s needed to secure an order on a Corsa-e. And to celebrate the new model’s launch in the UK, the first 500 customers to place a reservation will receive a free home charging kit when they take delivery of their Corsa-e.
Vauxhall's all-new fifth generation Corsa is also available with a range of high efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains.
Arriving in Vauxhall showrooms in January, the new Corsa has undergone a complete overhaul, with every engine variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than even the most efficient versions in the current Corsa. All powertrain options offer reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement, while maintaining the same lively performance and fun driving experience.
Vauxhall’s all-new Corsa has achieved a significant weight loss, with the new model weighing in from just 980kg. Thanks to its lightweight design, the new Corsa weighs up to 108kg less than the outgoing model. This means that every new Corsa benefits from improved performance and handling, and increased efficiency, whether it’s powered by an electric motor or conventional engine. Despite losing around ten per cent of its weight, the Corsa retains similar dimensions to the outgoing model at 4.06m with five doors as standard.
The all-new Corsa offers numerous assistance systems, such as front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, intelligent speed control and limiter, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. A range of new infotainment systems made up of Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen and the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro with 10.0-inch colour touch screen. The new telematics service, Vauxhall Connect, is available in the all-new Corsa range.
Grandland X Hybrid4
Arriving in showrooms in January, the second world premiere is the new Grandland X Hybrid4, Vauxhall’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.
Featuring state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology, the powertrain comprises an electric drive system with two electric motors, all-wheel drive, a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a 1.6T four-cylinder petrol engine (combined 300hp) that has been specially engineered for the hybrid application.
Together, the Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant petrol engine and electric motors produce up to 300hp, and offer a combined fuel consumption (WLTP) of 166mpg, emitting just 36g/km CO2. The Grandland X Hybrid4 achieves 0-62 mph in just 6.1 seconds.
The front electric motor is coupled to an electrified eight-speed automatic transmission, while the second motor and differential are integrated into the electrically-powered rear axle, providing all-wheel traction on demand.
The Grandland X Hybrid4 offers four driving modes – electric, hybrid, AWD and Sport. In pure electric mode, the car has a range of 32 miles (according to WLTP). In hybrid mode, the car automatically selects the most efficient method of propulsion. When travelling at low speeds within cities, for example, the system switches to electric mode for zero-emission driving.
Last but by no means least, the British-built Vivaro Life will also feature on stand at Frankfurt. The Vivaro Life is available to order now in two trims: the stylish and well-appointed Elite and the multi-purpose Edition version.
With space for up to eight occupants, the Vivaro Life Elite has plenty of load space for luggage and a raft of innovative technology. Initially offered as a diesel but with a pure electric version announced for 2020, this is another milestone on the journey to electrifying the Vauxhall brand.
The exterior design perfectly encapsulates Vauxhall’s new design language. It cleverly blends purity and boldness but is a practical people carrier, too. The interior design is opulent, well-appointed, and focused on comfort and enjoyment.
The driver enjoys a commanding position and features like ergonomic, electrically-operated heated front seats with massage facility and panoramic roof, making it the ultimate luxury lounge on wheels. Vivaro Life Elite also has an array of smart technology such as an intuitive 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and smart navigation system. Vauxhall Connect and panoramic rear-view camera are also included.
Vivaro Life Elite is a versatile yet sophisticated people carrier, with enough space for the whole family and more. It is engineered to be totally flexible. A five-seater configuration is standard but the customer can option the third row to make it an eight-seater. There is also a second row option of two individual seats which then enables a seven-seater layout. The two individual seats swivel and can either face forward or be rotated for face-to-face conference seating. There is also an optional centre table.
New Vivaro Life Elite features practical innovation and affordable advanced technology.
Elite features a range of state-of-the-art driver assistance and safety features. Standard specification on Elite includes keyless open and start, xenon headlights, head-up display, blind spot alert and 180° rear parking camera. Additional safety features are grouped together and are available in options packs, making it easier to add the level of security needed.
Located above the second row of seats, Elite features a stunning panoramic roof to let the light in, and transform the atmosphere of the cabin. When day turns to night, there are sliding blinds so passengers can recline and relax. Elite also has dual electric sliding doors for getting in and out of the rear cabin, with intelligent sensors that give hands-free access. There is also a split tailgate with a handy opening rear window for quick and easy access to luggage space.
Elite also features Vauxhall Connect. Initially this enables e-call with automatic emergency response but more connectivity is to follow.
Completing the hat trick of world debuts is the new Astra. Available in Hatch and Sports Tourer body styles, it features a refreshed exterior design, a brand-new range of fuel-efficient powertrains and the latest technology. With over three million Astras already sold in the UK over the last 40 years, the new Astra follows the long legacy of one of the country’s top-selling and best-loved cars.
Building on the strengths of the outgoing Astra, the design of the new Astra remains thoroughly modern and attractive. Vauxhall has also refined details such as the front grille and front bumper design, and added LED headlamps on higher trim levels to provide a fresher appearance and lower CO2.
Building on the wide success of the outgoing model, customers will benefit from reduced CO2 and fuel consumption, as well as a series of class-leading technology and equipment.
With a drag coefficient figure of just 0.26, the Astra leads the class for aerodynamics. And at 0.25 Cd, the Astra Sports Tourer is also best-in-class, too. These aero-benchmarks have been achieved through numerous measures, including an engine compartment cover, deflector-shaped rear axle control arms and a full-face shutter.
The upper and lower portions of the new Astra’s radiator grille automatically open and close independently of one another, further improving the frontal airflow. The underbody optimisation improves the drag coefficient by reducing turbulence.
Astra customers are presented with a whole suite of top-of-the-range technology, including the smarter, faster and more intuitive Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro systems. The systems offer optimum levels of comfort and connectivity, and are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Corsa-e Rally will compete in the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup – the first brand cup for electric cars in the world, which builds on the success of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup. Just like its predecessor, the competition offers the perfect entry ticket to rallying for young drivers from all over the world. Set to begin in summer 2020, fifteen of Opel’s pioneering electric cars are planned for the race series.
Available from Opel Motorsport, the Corsa-e Rally will cost less than €50,000 (£46,000). The car has been engineered to produce 100kW (130hp) and 260Nm of torque from a standstill, while still offering the same fun and dynamic driving as the production car, which is now available to order.
For the road, customers can secure delivery of the fully electric Vauxhall Corsa-e by placing a £500 reservation fee. What’s more, the first 500 customers to place their reservation will receive a free home charging kit.
Priced from £26,490, including the Government’s £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant, the Corsa-e will be available in two highly-specified trims, both of which will come as standard with a 7-inch touch screen, 11kWh on-board charger, satellite navigation, LED headlights, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and DAB radio. The car boasts a generous range of 205 miles (WLTP) and fast-charging to 80 per cent of battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
Drive Smart and Stay Connected with Vauxhall Connect
Vauxhall has revealed VauxhallConnect, an innovative network service that gives emergency calling, live navigation and remote control features, and will work with the MyVauxhall app.
Available on all new Vauxhalls from October, the service has been launched to keep Vauxhall drivers safe on the road. If the airbags or seatbelt tensioners are deployed in an accident, an emergency call is automatically made from the VauxhallConnect service. If this receives no answer, the service sends details of the accident to the rescue services, including the time and place of the call, as well as the direction of travel. An emergency call can also be made by pressing the red SOS button.
Vauxhall Connect can also report a breakdown call, connecting drivers to the Vauxhall mobility service, and passing on key information such as a location with vehicle diagnostics data. Drivers can also access their vehicle status via the MyVauxhall app, including mileage, average fuel consumption, service intervals and other reminders.
VauxhallConnect works with the MyVauxhall app for the remote control function, allowing for the locking and unlocking of doors from the user’s smartphone. Drivers can also sound the horn or activate the lights of the car with this feature, as a useful way to find the car in a busy car park. With electric Vauxhall models, users can check the charge status of the car, and also pre-programme charging times, climate control or heating via the app.
On the road, the service also allows Vauxhall customers to drive smart, with live navigation information displayed via the colour touchscreen for beating traffic jams. Real-time traffic data is factored into route planning, meaning delays can be quickly detected and avoided. The system suggests alternative routes and calculates a new arrival time, also providing information such as fuel prices, parking spaces and points of interest on the route. Electric Vauxhall models will be loaded with the availability of charging points.
VauxhallConnect will be available as an optional extra for on all Vauxhall models, and is included as standard on Vauxhall models equipped with Multimedia Nav and Multimedia Nav Pro infotainment systems, and on the Corsa-e and Grandland X Hybrid4.