New Corsa 'among most aerodynamic in its class'
13 Aug 2019
If you already can't wait to start looking for new Vauxhall Corsa deals when the fifth-generation model comes out, then the good news just keeps on coming.
The brand has revealed that, after carrying out extensive testing in wind tunnels, the new Corsa has been found to be among the most aerodynamic in its class. The car achieved a drag coefficient of just 0.29, which we're reliably informed is extremely good.
As a result, new owners should experience less drag, higher efficiency and lower fuel consumption, all of which will make the vehicle easier and less costly to drive.
A number of cleverly designed features have been applied to achieve this boost in aerodynamics, including an active aero shutter that will automatically close or open when cooling air is least needed. When it is closed, the shutter redirects air around the side of the car.
The new Corsa also has a smooth, covered underbody that reaches from the engine compartment to the rear axle, with flat panelling that improves airflow under the vehicle.
Finally, there's a rear roof spoiler to allow the car to cut through the air as cleanly as possible and a reduction in frontal area of 2.13 metres squared compared to its predecessor, all of which combine to ensure the Corsa expends less energy as it travels along.
Vauxhall said that in its wind tunnel testing, a ten per cent cut in drag resulted in a reduction of around two per cent in the New European Driving Cycle, or up to five per cent at motorway speeds.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the new Corsa is as much as ten per cent lighter than the previous model and more spacious for passengers and luggage, even though it is not any larger in size.
The fifth-generation Corsa is available to order now from £15,500 on the road and will be arriving in showrooms in January 2020.
Aerodynamics is something Vauxhall has been working on in recent years, with the Astra recently having achieved a drag coefficient of just 0.26.