restyling of the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio to face the new Citroën C3, Mini, Suzuki Swift…


March

Hyundai i10 (restyling)

New in 2023 – City cars: restyling of the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio to face the new Citroën C3, Mini, Suzuki Swift…

The restyled Hyundai i10 circulates camouflaged at the front and rear and also on the sides. However, we discover at the front of the modified daytime running lights, a redesigned grille, while the alloy wheels of this car are also new. At the rear, only the interior graphics seem to have changed somewhat. Unveiled next spring for marketing in the fall, the restyled Hyundai i10 should still have three petrol units of 67 hp, 84 hp and 100 hp, the last two being reserved for the N Line sports finish.

May

Opel Corsa (restyling)

New in 2023 – City cars: restyling of the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio to face the new Citroën C3, Mini, Suzuki Swift…

Born in 2019, the sixth generation of Opel Corsa takes up the technical basis of the Peugeot 208. The German cousin of the 208 has the same engines and should therefore receive a more efficient electric engine (156 hp instead of 136 hp and 400 km autonomy) to equip the Opel Corsa-e. There will also undoubtedly be under the hood the appearance of the new PureTech micro-hybrid 48V 136 hp engine. In the photos of the prototype, the camouflaged front end indicates that it will be modified and that it will be inspired by the Vizor grille of the Opel Astra. This Vizor grille combines headlights, grille and logo under a plexiglass window. It was inaugurated by the Opel Mokka in 2020. Finally, the digital instrumentation and the interface of the infotainment screen should be reviewed.

June

Peugeot 208 (restyling)

The restyling of the Peugeot 208 could be substantial. A new front end with a three-claw look that could force Peugeot to modify optics, grille and shield. On board, the multimedia system could benefit from significant improvements to be more fluid, new screens could appear. Finally, under the hood, there will of course be the new electric motor for the Peugeot e-2008 version, the power of which increases from 136 hp to 156 hp. Thanks to an unprecedented 48.1 kWh battery, this electric motor will have a range of 400 km, or around thirty kilometers more than before. Another novelty that will come in the engine compartment of the restyled Peugeot 208, a 1.2 PureTech 136 hp micro-hybrid 48 V block associated with a new e-DCT box designed in collaboration with the equipment manufacturer Punch Powertrain.

August

Kia Rio

After a restyling in 2021, the Kia Rio should change generation this year. In order to pass future standards as easily as possible, it should only be equipped with micro-hybrid gasoline engines in 100 and 120 hp. These are two engines which are already present on the current generation and which should be the subject of an evolution to reject less CO2.

September

Mini Hatch (3 doors)

New in 2023 – City cars: restyling of the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio to face the new Citroën C3, Mini, Suzuki Swift…

If the three-door Mini Cooper will first be presented in an electric version, the thermal engine versions will be offered a few months later. In view of the camouflaged models, the style of this new generation should be close to the electric version, although not sharing the same technical basis. Remember that the electric version will be produced in China in the joint venture managed by BMW and Great Wall Motors, while the thermal versions will still be produced in England.

Suzuki Swift

New in 2023 – City cars: restyling of the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio to face the new Citroën C3, Mini, Suzuki Swift…

The new Suzuki Swift will have to do as well as the current generation and that is why the Japanese brand is taking care of its star city car. The changes should be minimal in terms of technique since it should keep the same platform and the same engines. Thus the 1.2 Dualjet of 83 ch which equips the whole of the range should be renewed just like the 1.4 Boosterjet of 129 ch which animates the Suzuki Sport. By the way, Suzuki could reduce CO2 emissions for these two engines. The only uncertainty concerns the arrival of the 115 hp self-charging hybrid engine (from Toyota) which recently powers the Suzuki Vitara and soon the S-Cross. Looking closely at the photos of prototypes, we realize the return of the rear handles in the body panels and also changes to the hood and front fenders. The projectors should also be modified as well as the grille, the front bumper and the sides of the vehicle. As for the style of the dashboard, it should be inspired by that of the new Suzuki S-Cross.

October

Citroen C3

New in 2023 – City cars: restyling of the Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio to face the new Citroën C3, Mini, Suzuki Swift…

The new fourth-generation Citroën C3 should take over some style elements from the Oli concept car (photo), including of course the brand’s new chevron logo. This new C3 will use a Peugeot 208 platform and will be equipped with 1.2 petrol engines, probably 80 and 110 hp, and an electric engine of around 80 hp, because Citroën wants to make its C3 a competitor of Dacia Sandero with tariffs more affordable than the Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208 cousins.

November

Renault Clio (restyling)

Unable to be outdone against its main competitor Peugeot 208, the Renault Clio will also benefit from a restyling. This should be as visually important as that of the Peugeot 208 with undoubtedly the disappearance of the hooked projectors and a new shield inspired by that of the Renault Mégane E-Tech. Under the hood we should find the hybrid and hybrid-rechargeable engines of the current generation, and it is not certain that the new 160 hp hybrid engine (with 1.2 turbo block instead of the 1.6 atmo) inaugurated by the Renault Austral is offered for the restyled Renault Clio.

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