Vauxhall has revealed the first images and details for the seventh-generation Astra, which will reach production later this year after its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Astra is a very important model for Vauxhall with over 2.9 million units sold in the UK over the last 36 years with over 50,000 last year.
New Astra is up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor depending on the model specification. For example the body shell weight alone was reduced by 20 per cent from 357kg to 280kg.
Chassis-related measures resulted in a further 50kg weight loss.
Engine line-up includes petrol and diesel units ranging from 98bhp to 197bhp.
The most important engine is the all-new 143bhp 1.4-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, delivering maximum torque of up to 250Nm.
Design is inspired by 2013’s Monza Concept, making the new Astra look more athletic, while the most significant design cue is the divided C-pillar, creating the impression of a floating roof.
The new Astra is smaller not just visually, but also in numbers with a total length of 4.37m it is almost 5cm shorter than its predecessor. With a height of 1.46m it is also 2.6cm lower.
The wheelbase may have been reduced by 2cm but the amount of space inside increased. The passengers in the rear can enjoy an additional 35mm legroom.
Making its debut in new Astra is the new generation IntelliLink infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Other technology available on the new Astra includes:
Traffic Sign Assistant
Lane Keep Assist
Lane Departure Warning
Following Distance Indication
Forward Collision Alert with Collision Imminent Braking
Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
Advanced Park Assist
Rear View Camera
Side Blind Spot Alert