VAUXHALL has revealed full specification and pricing details for its best-selling Astra range. The new model will offer a selection of petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid options, with a pure-electric version due in 2023 – which is the one most SME fleets will be interested in.
The hatchback launches with a new simplified trim line-up:
- GS Line, and
These will be introduced across the Vauxhall range but the Astra kicks off these changes from H1 2022.
Entry level Design still packs in driver assistance technology, but GS Line adds extra kit and sportier styling. Finally Ultimate retains the sports-influenced design details, but also adds premium technology to the model.
Following on from the Mokka, Crossland, and Grandland SUVs, the Astra is the latest model to feature Vauxhall’s ‘Vizor’ design, with a distinctive gloss black panel in place of a conventional radiator.
From launch, there will be two petrol options with either 110hp or 130hp on offer, both from a 1.2 litre unit and the higher powered model can be picked with an automatic transmission as well.
Diesel power is represented by a single option in the shape of a 130hp 1.5 litre engine, also available with an auto. Finally, the PHEV offered from launch product 180hp from the petrol/electric combination, using a 1.6 litre engine – this will be automatic-only.
Further down the line, a more powerful 225hp PHEV will be offered, alongside the pure-EV version which will likely be a 50 kWh model with a 100 kW electric motor – the same powertrain used by Vauxhall’s parent company Stellantis across its passenger car EV range.
Inside, the Astra features a pair of 10-inch screens, one for the infotainment system and one for the driver’s instruments. Vauxhall has aimed at cleaning up the number of buttons used by incorporating certain elements in the touchscreen system, but has made sure regularly used controls such as volume and temperature remain available as physical buttons or dials.
Fitted as standard are 16-inch alloys, navigation with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 10-inch colour touchscreen and 10-inch instrument display, natural voice commands, climate control, keyless start, and a suite of driver assistance systems.
Moving up the trim levels sees a larger set of alloys wheels fitted, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, and 360-degree parking camera in GS Line. Ultimate includes 18-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights, wireless phone charger, semi-automated lane change assist, and head up display.
PHEV models are not available in entry level Design trim, though the 110 hp petrol engine is only available at this level. Pricing starts at £23,275 for petrol models, £24,895 for a diesel (both in Design) and £32,300 for a PHEV in GS Line trim. Business leasing rates will be announced soon.