It's the supermini that's claiming it will be so big, we will have to call it a supermaxi! In this week's issue, Auto Express has the first exclusive pictures of the new Vauxhall Corsa, which is set to debut at the eagerly anticipated British Motor Show in July.
The shots not only show the car in brilliant detail, but are proof that Luton's baby hatch has grown up fast. Closer in size to the Astra than the current Corsa, the new model is based on the same platform as Fiat's Grande Punto. The Vauxhall is 160mm longer, 60mm wider and 50mm higher than its predecessor, and will offer as much interior space as full-sized family hatch-backs of yesteryear.
Even basic versions should boast dynamic abilities to match those of the most entertaining rivals.
The new Corsa will have one of the widest engine and trim level line-ups on the market. Buyers who want petrol power will face the choice of 60bhp 1.0, 80bhp 1.2, 90bhp 1.4 or VXR-badged 1.6-litre turbo variants. This last range-topper should offer around 190bhp, and will take on the Peugeot 207 GTi with a 0-60mph time of seven seconds and a 140mph top speed.
Well heeled Corsa buyers will have plenty of luxuries to choose from, too. Range-toppers will get everything from Bluetooth technology to adaptive head-lights which automatically adjust with the angle of the steering wheel.
Vauxhall has big plans for the next Corsa platform, too. It will underpin a new all-wheel-drive crossover, developed with Chevrolet and due in 2008. After that, the firm is promising a replacement for the Meriva supermini-MPV by 2010. Last but not least will be the next-generation Tigra, although this is unlikely to appear before 2011.