The Vauxhall Corsa GSi has been resurrected after a 25 year absence as Vauxhall creates a budget warm hatch to take on cars like the Fiesta ST-Line.
The Vauxhall Insignia GSi arrived on sale in the UK back in December as Vauxhall revived the GSi moniker, and now it’s time to deliver another GSi – the new Vauxhall Corsa GSi.
Arriving back after a 25-year holiday, the Corsa GSi looks set to be Vauxhall’s take on cars like the Ford Fiesta ST-Line, offering the looks of the halo performance models, in the Corsa’s case the VXR, but with something a bit less potent under the bonnet to deliver a lower-priced ‘performance’ model, and one that’s a bit less crippling to insure for younger drivers.
Vauxhall aren’t telling us what’s going to be under the bonnet of the GSi yet, but the most likely suspect is the 1.4 litre turbo petrol delivering 148bhp, which would make the GSi decently lively and capable of pipping the Fiesta ST-Line with its 138bhp in most powerful guise.
Vauxhall aren’t as shy about the GSi’s other attributes, so we know it takes much of what the VXR offers – bigger air intakes, honeycomb grille, side skirts, spoiler – to give the right performance looks, with the VXR’s suspension and brakes and 18″ alloys too.
Inside is also titivated, with Recaro Sports Seats, aluminium pedals and a leather steering wheel, along with Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The new Vauxhall Corsa GSi won’t go on sale until later in 2018, by which time we will get confirmation of what is under the bonnet and a price. But expect it to be sub-£20k.