NEW 208 AND CORSA DUE IN 2019 TOO
Next year will be a busy time for supermini arrivals with not only the fifth-generation Clio being launched but also a new Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa. The 208 and Corsa will be built on the same EMP1 platform for the first time, following the purchase by Peugeot owner PSA of Vauxhall-opel in 2017.
Both models have been confirmed as having pureelectric variants, which will give them green kudos over the Clio, although neither is likely to feature the other technological advancements found on the Clio.
The electric 208, which will exist alongside more traditionally powered 208s, will lead the zero-emissions push for the entire PSA Group, consisting of Citroën, DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall-opel.
However, most eyes will be on the new Corsa, which has had a remarkably fast development after a signed-off design based on architecture from previous owner General Motors was axed. Despite the Corsa being developed in less than two years, Vauxhall-opel boss Michael Lohscheller has said it “will not be compromised in any way”.
Today’s Corsa will be replaced next year