New Vauxhall Astra Has Brighter Design and Downsized Engines

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The new Vauxhall Astra, after the German model of the same name, will be smaller in size, cheaper (in the UK – from 15,300 pounds), but more spacious and technically superior to its predecessor.

Built on the D2 platform of the parent company GM, the car is 2 inch shorter and 1 inch lower with a 0.9″ reduced wheelbase than the replacement model. The use of new materials allowed to reduce the weight by 264 – 440 lbs.

Nicely performed interior

Inside there was a large touch screen of the infotainment system, a multifunctional steering wheel, as well as an instrument panel, which we already saw on the new Corsa. The new model will be the first to receive the OnStar system, offering 24-hour “emergency” assistance, Wi-Fi access to vehicle data via the smartphone application. It will also alert emergency services in the event of an airbag deployment.

Trim Levels

When the car starts on the market in September this year, the manufacturer will offer seven trim levels. But even the basic Design specification will offer 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control as standard.

Tech Line will add a larger touchscreen with satellite navigation and a steering wheel, leather upholstery (+ 775 pounds sterling), and the Energy specification – heated seats and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, but without satellite navigation (from £ 17,300).

The SRi model at 970 pounds sterling is cheaper than the previous equivalent – the price starts at 17,895 pounds sterling. This is the cheapest model with an OnStar system and a Wi-Fi access point. It also gets a front camera, sports seats, leather steering wheel and fog lights. Version SRi Nav offers an 8.0-inch touch screen with a navigation system.

At the top of the range is the Elite, which starts at £ 19,315. In it – completely leather interior, folding mirrors and electronic climate control. It also has heated rear seats and an additional two USB connectors at the rear. The version of Nav is also available.

Starting from one liter

The new Astra has new engines, the line of which starts from a 1.4-liter atmospheric gasoline unit and a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder unit, and ends with a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. The diesel is represented by one 1.6-liter unit in two power versions.

The new Vauxhall Astra, along with the Astra Sport Tourer, will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, after which it will go on sale. The car will be produced at the company’s factory in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

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  • Starduster

    How many gears are in auto astra ?
    I no this may sound like a wind up but I really don’t know. Some have told me 5 others have said its got 6

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