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Astra gets leaner for 2007

VAUXHALL has updated its range of engines for its revised Astra range, which goes on sale in January.

Customers will be able to specifiy a new 1.6-litre turbo engine, which replaces the 168bhp 2.0-litre unit and a revised version of the 1.6 TWINPORT. Offered in Sport Hatch, five-door and estate Astras, the 1.6 turbo develops 178bhp and reaches 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds (5-dr hatch). The new engine goes on to a top speed of 137mph, making it quicker than the 2.0 engine it replaces. The 1.6 turbo puts out 185g/km, putting it into the 24% car tax band. This could save fleets up to £728 a year in BIK tax.

The 1.6 TWINPORT engine is also replaced by a revised unit, with power increased from 103bhp to 113bhp. Vauxhall says the new engine reduces CO2 emissions from 158g/km to 156g/km (Sport Hatch and 5-dr), and from 166g/km to 158g/km on estates. This equates to a saving of up to £25 on road tax, and a company car BIK benefit of up to £109 a year.

The new model will hit UK roads in January, and features new front and rear light lenses, a revised front bumper, extra chrome detailing on the grille and the option of smart piano black or matt chrome interior detailing. Sport hatch models get a new honey-comb style front grille.

Prices for the 1.6 TWINPORT models start at £13,515 on-the-road for the 1.6i Life 5-dr model, while 1.6 Turbo variants begin at £18,200 for the SRi Sport Hatch. Prices on all other models across the range are increased by £15.


The 2007 model year Astra

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