Vauxhall has today revealed the all-new, eighth generation of the Astra. The story of Vauxhall’s bestseller began over 40 years ago. With the all-new Astra, the company is now opening the next chapter: for the first time, the compact class model is available with electric drive.
Vauxhall will offer the new Astra in two performance levels as a plug-in hybrid. In addition, there are versions with petrol and diesel engines in combination with friction-optimised six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Vauxhall says the new Astra is also a design statement for the brand – “dynamic as never before, with sheer, taut surfaces, detoxed of superfluous elements and with the new brand face – the Vauxhall Vizor”. The new Vauxhall Astra will launch this year as a five-door. With a length of 4,374mm and width of 1,860mm, it hits the sweet-spot of the compact sector. Thanks to the especially short front overhang, the new Astra is only 4mm longer than the previous model, despite the considerably increased wheelbase of 2,675mm (+13mm).
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “The All-New Astra arrives with sensational design and class-leading levels of technology. With the choice of an electrified powertrain, the All-New Astra has been developed with utmost precision, down to the smallest detail. We are confident the next generation Astra has all it takes to become another best seller and continue to attract new customers to the brand.”
The new Astra will be available from the start of sales with powerful plug-in hybrid electric drive as well as highly efficient petrol and diesel engines, electrifying Vauxhall’s compact class model for the first time in the brand’s history. Power ranges from 81kW (112 bhp) to 96kW (132 bhp) with the petrol and diesel variants and up to 165kW (228 bhp) system output with the plug-in hybrid variants. A six-speed gearbox is standard on the petrol and diesel power units, with an eight-speed automatic transmission (electrified on the plug-in hybrids) optional on the more powerful engines.
Vauxhall will open the order books for the new Astra this autumn. The first customers will take delivery of their cars early next year. Further details including UK pricing and specification will be announced at the on sale date.