A sleek new look and classy cabin packed with new technology, a lightweight body and efficient new engines – New Astra has it all, and so much more, as we reveal…
The New Astra has arrived and it comes with a host of surprises that have transformed the British-built hatchback. The car is much improved in terms of styling, with a dynamic front-end, new LED daytime running lamps and sportier profile. There are also optional IntelliLux LED Matrix headlamps, a Vauxhall first, that constantly adapt to every traffic situation, using a front-mounted camera to adjust the beam to ensure the best possible light performance is always given.
The Griffin in the centre of the chrome bar on the grill and the characteristic ‘blade’ raising towards the rear make the New Astra immediately recognisable as a member of the Vauxhall family. The most significant design cue, however, is the divided C-pillar, creating the impression of a floating roof. The interplay of light and shadow is emphasised by the horizontal crossbar above the brand logo linking the rear lights.
The New Astra doesn’t just look smaller, either, it is smaller – almost 5cm shorter than its predecessor and 2.6cm lower. Despite this, the amount of space inside has increased; combined with newly-designed seats, passengers in the rear can enjoy an additional 35mm legroom. The distance between the front and rear seats is also increased, providing comfort and space. And depending on the model and trim level, New Astra is up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks to a new lightweight body and chassis which helps to improve efficiency.
“New Astra is up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks to a new lightweight body and chassis which helps to improve efficiency”
The New Astra will debut with new powertrains of varying power outputs. There will be four turbocharged petrols; a three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit, with 103bhp and 170Nm of torque, and an all-new 1.4-litre ECOTEC unit offering either 123bhp or 148bhp and up to 245Nm of torque. It weighs 10kg less than the current 1.4-litre turbo, thanks to a new aluminium block. There is also a new 1.6-litre petrol engine providing 197bhp. The new 1.6-litre ‘Whisper Diesel’ is available in power outputs from 108bhp to 158bhp, all combining impressive performance with low fuel consumption.
New tech debuts include OnStar, your personal connectivity and service assistant (see our feature on page 60), IntelliLink infotainment system, Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Autonomous Braking and Traffic Sign Assistant. Oh, and if the vehicle is equipped with OnStar, it’s also a 4G mobile data Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing up to seven compatible devices to be connected at once. There is even an optional power driver’s seat with massage, ventilation and seat memory functions, and the rear seats in the top-of-the-range Elite model are heated too.
New Astra. A new star is born.
To learn more about New Astra, visit www.vauxhall.co.uk/discovernewastra