The 2004 Corsa

Vauxhall’s revamped Corsa, which can be ordered now, has been given a face-lift with the addition of new engines, more technical features, and two new models called the Corsa Design and Corsa Life.

The Corsa, which has won many admirers over the years for its cheeky but modern looks, has also had a design makeover with re-styled front and rear bumpers, new wheel arch treatment and striking Dual Ellipsoid headlights on selected models.

From the outside the new Corsa can be recognised by its modified front and new chrome grille, larger clear glass headlamps and new colour keyed bumpers which feature plastic inserts for protection in light collisions. On the inside new upholstery materials and colours are featured.

Six models make up the new Corsa range and will cover the needs of every Corsa customer with on the road prices ranging from £6995 for the 3-door Expression 1.0 12v, to £12,870 for the 5-door SRi 1.7 CDTi.

Some of the changes are under the skin. Vauxhall engineers have made modifications to Corsa’s speed-dependent electric power steering, which now has greater steering precision for sharper, more agile handling, and two significant safety features are now standard on all models except the Expression – ABS and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) to give shorter stopping distances.

New three dimensional ellipsoid H7 headlamps are standard on the Design, SXi and SRi models. Besides improving visibility they have a distinct look with three cylindrical lamp bodies inside the housing for the headlight, high beam, and turn signals.

New Engines

Perhaps the biggest news is reserved for the engines: four new engines in all including two petrol units with TWINPORT technology, a 1.0 12v and 1.4 16v and two new common rail diesel engines, the 1.3 CDTi and 1.7 CDTi.

The complete engine range for the Vauxhall Corsa now totals six – four petrol and two common rail turbo diesels – from 1.0 to 1.8 litres and 60 to 125 hp and includes 1.0 12v TWINPORT, 1.2 16v, 1.4 16v TWINPORT and 1.8 16v petrol engines and 1.3 CDTi and 1.7 CDTi diesels.

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Published : 30/09/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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