Vauxhall is planning a warmed-up Corsa to sit below the VXR, combining some of that car’s aggressive styling with cheaper ownership costs – especially for insurance.
According to reports, the GSi badge already resurrected on the well-sorted new Insignia will be used for the new brisk Corsa. The engine will be the same turbocharged 150bhp-ish 1.4 unit used in existing Corsa models, but that will help to keep costs down.
It’s expected to arrive towards the end of this year but it’s not yet clear whether GSi will replace the long-serving SRi, which has traditionally been a good seller in the UK. It will be front-wheel drive and most of the parts from vanilla Corsas will be transferred over, but the suspension should see an upgrade to improve the GSi’s handling.
Interestingly, Vauxhall is all-but abandoning the VXR range, with just the 202bhp Corsa left on its books. Instead, the GSi line will spread. After the Corsa, the next to get the badge will be the Astra, and we don’t expect it to stop there. Warmed-over versions of its SUVs will surely follow.
The price is expected to be at the high end of the range, but obviously has to fall short of the VXR’s roughly £20,000 entry point.