2015 Vauxhall Astra – fresh pictures, prices, engines along with specs
Source : 2015 Vauxhall Astra – fresh pictures, prices, engines along with specs
All-fresh Astra will offer better Indoor quality along with fresh external styling; in which will be built in Britain
Prices for the all-fresh Vauxhall Astra have been confirmed, with entry-level designs starting at £15,295.
The all-fresh car can be smaller in size, cheaper although better equipped than the type in which replaces, according to Vauxhall, which has put particular emphasis on creating the Astra better to drive along which has a more attractive fleet proposition.
The fresh car can be built on parent company GM’s D2 platform along with can be 49mm shorter, 26mm lower along with features a 23mm shorter wheelbase than the auto in which replaces. Despite in which, cabin space along with comfort are increased. Benefitting coming from fresh materials along with construction methods, the fresh Astra offers weight savings of between 120kg along with 200kg over the current car.
Inside, the fresh Astra features a large touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-function steering wheel, along with the same instrument cluster display already seen on the fresh Corsa. in which infotainment system can be the latest IntelliLink R 4.0, which Vauxhall says can be compatible with Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto connectivity systems. in which can be also the first all-fresh Vauxhall to feature the Onstar system, which offers features such as 24-hour emergency assistance, an in-car wi-fi hotspot along with access to vehicle data through a smartphone app. in which will also alert the emergency services if an airbag can be deployed.
Vauxhall wants the fresh Astra to have more appeal to the fleet market, which has led to the push for more efficient engines along with lower list prices, which both help reduce company car tax.
The high-level of kit should make in which an attractive prospect although Vauxhall feels there can be a lot more to getting fleet managers on board than piling up the standard kit.
Vauxhall’s emphasis on quality rather than pushing huge numbers of cars into the market. in which in turn will allow the company to protect residual values along with in turn, offer more favourable lease along with finance deals.
The first clues to the look of the fresh Astra came with the Monza concept, unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September 2013. The shaped aluminium strip running coming from the roof along with into each tail-light cluster can be echoed inside the final car, whose dark C-pillar trim can be designed to give the auto the look of having a floating roof panel.
There will be seven trim levels at launch in September, although even the most basic Design cars come with 16in alloy wheels, air-con, DAB radio, Bluetooth along with cruise control as standard.
Fleet-focused Tech Line designs add a larger touchscreen with sat-nav along which has a leather steering wheel for a £775 premium. Energy designs are geared more towards consumers along with get heated seats along with steering wheel along with 17in alloys, although no sat-nav. Prices start at £17,295.
SRi designs are £970 cheaper than the previous generation equivalent, starting at £17,895. in which can be the cheapest type to get the OnStar 24hr emergency assistance system, wi-fi hotspot capabilities along with smartphone app. in which also gets a front camera system, sports seating, leather steering wheel along with front foglights. A SRi Nav type adds the 8.0in touchscreen navigation system.
The top of the range Elite type pricing starts coming from £19,315 along with offers a full-leather Indoor with 18-way adjustable front seats, folding mirrors along with electronic climate control. in which also has rear heated seats along with an extra pair of USB sockets inside the back. Again, a Nav type can be available.
The fresh Astra gets all-fresh engine along with transmission families for the fresh type, many of which have been seen inside the recently launched Corsa.
The entry level unit can be a 99bhp 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit which emits 124g/km, although the most interesting smaller engine option will be a fresh 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. not bad for 104bhp along with 124lb ft of torque coming from well below 2000rpm, a type of the engine can be already offered in both the Adam along with the fresh Corsa.
The 1.4-litre turbo option Autocar has already driven provides 148bhp along with 175lb ft along with can be estimated to return up to 55mpg with CO2 emissions of around 128g/km. A lower output 1.4-litre turbo rated at 124bhp will also be offered. The top petrol engine can be a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine producing 197bhp which will be avaialble coming from January 2016.
The 1.6-litre diesel designs offer the greenest options. Both the 109bhp along with 135bhp versions are available with automatic along with manual gearbox options. The Ecoflex type emits just 82g/km along with features a claimed economy figure of 91mpg. A higher output biturbo diesel will be offered in early 2016 on SRi along with Elite trims only.
Just as important to the Astra can be a fresh six-speed manual gearbox. In 2013, when GM announced the fresh 1.6-litre diesel engine, the company admitted in which its real weak point was manual gearboxes, partly because the basic design principle dated coming from the 1970s. The fresh transmission can be said to weigh just 37kg along with puts an emphasis on smooth shifts along which has a short lever action.
The fresh Astra makes its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September along with can be in showrooms shortly after. in which will be built at the company’s plant at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, UK.
As well as a 5-door hatchback, a fresh Sports Tourer estate car will join the range in early 2016.
The Astra GTC will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future because in which can be far earlier in its life cycle than the hatch along with estate.
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