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New Vauxhall Corsa facelift pricing and specs revealed

The electric version of the UK’s top-selling supermini has been facelifted for 2023, adopting a refreshed design and updated tech

2023 Vauxhall Corsa
  • ‘Vizor’ front-end design adopted from wider Vauxhall range
  • Updated interior technology
  • Deliveries begin in late 2023

Vauxhall has revealed pricing and specs for the facelifted Corsa. The well-renowned hatchback is available in a choice of the same three trim levels as the outgoing model: Design, GS and Ultimate. Prices will start from £19,625 with order books open now and first deliveries expected by the end of 2023.

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Although the popularity of superminis has waned in recent times, the Vauxhall Corsa regularly tops the list of the UK’s best-selling cars. Vauxhall is keen to continue this success, with the 2023 update bringing new styling, more tech and improved range for the Corsa Electric, keeping it competitive with rivals such as the Peugeot e-208 and MINI Electric

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The most notable change to the car’s looks is the introduction of the trademark Vauxhall ‘Vizor’ grille, as shown in these images of the updated Corsa Electric. Up until now, the Corsa has missed out on this design element, which debuted on the Vauxhall Mokka small SUV and Astra family hatchback.

Vauxhall Corsa Electric rear

The redesign consists of a black panel that runs between the headlights, joining them up seamlessly. The headlights themselves are now slightly more squared-off, and IntelliLux matrix pixel LEDs can be specced on this new car. Vauxhall’s new, minimalist Griffin logo now features on the ‘Vizor’ and at the rear, although elsewhere the Corsa’s design is mostly unchanged.

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All models get LED headlights which come on automatically as standard, as well as automatic wipers and rear parking sensors. A seven-inch infotainment screen is standard on the Electric Design with the 134bhp motor, while all other models get the new 10-inch touchscreen. Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane keeping tech and speed sign recognition.

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In addition to the aforementioned features, GS models get a rear-view parking camera with a new high-resolution display on Corsa Electric 154bhp models. They also get 17-inch alloys replacing the standard 16-inch wheels, plus a seven-inch digital gauge cluster. 154bhp Corsa Electric models also get keyless entry and start.

Ultimate is the top trim level and sports LED matrix headlight technology, a blind spot alert system and adaptive cruise control. There’s also a heated steering wheel and heated seats finished in Alcantara with a massage capability. 

Vauxhall Corsa facelift interior

New 2023 Vauxhall Corsa powertrains and specs

As before, the new Vauxhall will be available in both petrol and Corsa Electric forms. The Corsa’s existing 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engines will stay part of the lineup, offered in 98 and 128bhp guises, alongside the 74bhp entry-level non-turbocharged version. Vauxhall says these will be kept to “ensure the new Corsa remains accessible to all with a powertrain choice to suit a variety of needs.” 

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A range of 48-volt mild-hybrid petrol powertrains will also be added to the lineup later this year; expected to be similar to those offered in the latest Peugeot 2008 – which include “a new-generation 136bhp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine, coupled with a new six-speed dual-clutch electrified gearbox that includes an electric motor”, according to Vauxhall’s sister brand under the Stellantis umbrella.

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The Vauxhall Corsa Electric will now be offered with two different powertrain options. The latest version will usher in a larger 51kWh (usable) battery and a more powerful 154bhp electric motor than before. Its driving range is better compared with the older 50kWh powertrain, with the new car offering up to 246 miles on a charge.

The older version with a 134bhp motor and 222-mile range will be offered alongside the upgraded model, with Vauxhall keen to “give customers a wider choice when considering their electric mobility needs.” Corsa Electric models with this motor start from £32,445 in Design spec, while the updated 154bhp drivetrain starts from £35,475 in GS trim – that’s just under £1,400 more than the older motor in GS guise. Top-spec Corsa Electric Ultimate models cost £38,585.

As before, the Corsa Electric gets 100kW rapid charging capability, meaning a 10-80% recharge will take around half-an-hour. A 7kW home wallbox will do the same in around seven hours and 30 minutes, but with the latest Corsa now supplied with an 11kW on-board charger as standard, this time could be cut to five hours and 15 minutes with a suitable three-phase electricity supply.

The cheapest new petrol-powered Corsa is the 74bhp 1.2-litre five-speed manual model in Design trim. £900 more will get you the 98bhp version with a six-speed manual gearbox, and the eight-speed automatic version starts from £22,255. Stepping up to GS trim will set you back at least £22,005 for the same entry-level engine, while Ultimate starts from £25,685. The most expensive petrol-powered Corsa is the automatic Ultimate model coming in at £28,385. Pricing for the 48-volt hybrid model is yet to be confirmed.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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