New Look And New Engine For Vauxhall Astra
(Saturday 16 June 2012)
Vauxhall has mildly refreshed the looks of its Astra hatchback and estate (beg pardon, Sports Tourer) ranges, which now get a new grille, front indicators and, where fitted, front foglights, while at the rear there has been some panel restyling plus a new chrome lower moulding.
These Astras are available to order now, with customer deliveries expected in September. The changes do not affect the pricing, which remains as before.
The hatch and Sports Tourer also come with a choice of three new colours - Sculpture Bronze, Phantom Grey and Deep Sky - plus Digitial Media Broadcast audio in place of the previous DAB system. There are several new options too, including LED daytime running lights for £145, a Winter Pack (heated seats and steering wheel) for £345 and a Driver Assistance Pack (Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Following Distance Indicator) for £750.
The last of these is also available for the Astra GTC coupé, but the even more interesting news about that car is that Vauxhall has introduced a new 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo model (pictured). This diesel engine produces a maximum of 192bhp and has, as the name suggests, two turbochargers - a small one which gets up to operating speeds quickly and therefore reduces lag at low revs, and a larger one which provides more boost and is the main contributor to a power figure which is higher than that of any current Astra apart from the new VXR.
The BiTurbo costs £23,925, or £995 more than the existing 163bhp Astra diesel, which remains in production. For that money you also get 18" alloy wheels, a ride height lowered by a modest 6mm, revised styling, "Track" interior trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.