Vauxhall has unveiled the all-new eighth generation Astra, which will be offered with plug-in hybrid engines for the first time.
It’s the first Astra to utilise a Stellantis group platform and is closely linked to the new Peugeot 308, with both using PSA-derived EMP2 underpinnings.
It’s a similar story inside, where the new Astra is equipped with the brand’s Pure Panel wrap-around digital cockpit. The new interior reflects the segment's transition to digital cockpits, as led by the new Volkswagen Golf.
Vauxhall will offer the new Astra with two plug-in hybrid options – these are likely to be the same 180PS and 225PS units from the Peugeot 308. In addition, there will be petrol and diesel engines with 110PS – 130PS in combination with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
There's no word on an electric Astra yet, but Vauxhall has already made a promise to become EV-only by 2028 and an electric 308 is expected to arrive in 2023.
The new Astra is only 4mm longer than the previous model, but its wheelbase has grown by 13mm to make more room for passengers. The boot has a volume of 422 litres.
Feature highlights include adaptive Intelli-Lux LED Pixel lights, AGR-certified seats and semi-autonomous driving assistance systems.
The Vauxhall Pure Panel, first introduced in the Mokka, features two 10-inch displays, seamlessly integrated – together with the driver’s side air vent – in a horizontal format. Its touchscreen is complemented by a row of switches to simplify to the operation of key features.
Vauxhall says it has fine-tuned the Astra’s chassis and describes the handling as “composed as well as dynamic”.
The new Astra will be available to order in the autumn, which is when prices and specifications are likely to be available. The first cars are expected to arrive in the UK in early 2022.