With the new ‘20’ registration plate now just around the corner, due to be issued from March 1, we thought it would be a good time to provide an update of the latest new Vauxhall model news, especially in a year that promises another great step forward in Vauxhall’s new car line-up – in summary the UK automotive media is dominated by reviews of the all-new Corsa, which has impressed motoring journalists from all the leading automotive media. The previous generation Vauxhall Corsa set a high benchmark and the bold new Corsa promises to hit the ground running as well. Also read about the latest updates to the Vauxhall Insignia and Grandland X SUV.
The Corsa – One of the UK’s Best-selling Cars
The Vauxhall Corsa was the UK’s second best-selling car in 2019, with almost 50,000 registrations last year alone, and over 2 million models have been sold in the UK since its launch in 1993. It seems the British motoring public have a great fondness for the Corsa, and the supermini is just as popular in mainland Europe too, with over 13.5 million cars sold across the continent.
The all-new Vauxhall Corsa is now lighter, lower and more efficient than the outgoing fifth-generation model, and is no longer a small car just for newly-qualified drivers or parents! The new Corsa has a distinctive character which is apparent the minute you get behind the wheel and is just as intuitive in and out of corners on a winding country road or on busy city streets - Manual gearboxes are available as well as the automatic version while, the five-door body makes it easier than ever to get your family into their seats. The tech bits and pieces that come with the Ultimate Nav trim is impressive, but even at entry level the standard spec list is very generous. With the all-electric Corsa-e on the way soon we think you’ll be seeing plenty of Corsa’s on UK roads for many years to come.
Enhanced Petrol Engines for the Vauxhall Insignia GSi
A new petrol engine for the Vauxhall Insignia GSi replaces the bi-turbo diesel engine to push Vauxhall’s most sporting model up to 230hp. The new petrol engine is much more potent than the outgoing ‘oil burner’, while GKN’s Twinster twin-clutch diff at the rear is intended to quell any hint of understeer - The updated Insignia will bring an all-new engine for the new top-of-the range GSi model as the 230hp petrol will form the basis of the new flagship Insignia GSi, which also comes with four-wheel drive and torque vectoring.
Other features include a new nine-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifts, FlexRide suspension with a competition driving mode & IntelliLux LED headlights which have 84 LED bulbs in each headlight. The latest Insignia also gets a range of driver assistance technology and Infotainment options that are compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus the top-of-the-line version features an eight-inch touchscreen with Connected Navigation services.
Grandland X SUV Plug-in Hybrid Now Available
The Vauxhall Grandland X SUV is now available to order as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with front-wheel drive. The new hybrid variant will be available in Drive Vauxhall showrooms from April 2020 and follows on from the Hybrid4, the four-wheel drive model with a maximum output of 300hp that pairs a 1.6 litre petrol engine with two electric motors. The front-wheel drive model will produce 225hp, with just one electric motor alongside the same 1.6 litre petrol engine. The new hybrid has a 13.2kWh battery with an electric only driving range of 34 miles and comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There will be a choice of three driving modes – Electric, Hybrid and Sport, allowing drivers to prioritise either efficiency or performance.
For more information about the new Vauxhall Corsa, Insignia or Grandland X Hybrid simply contact your nearest Drive Vauxhall dealership across England and arrange a test drive today.