Vauxhall confirms new electric Astra for 2023

Vauxhall confirms new electric Astra for 2023

Stylish hatchback will be offered as an EV, plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel

Vauxhall has confirmed further details on its new Astra, as well as announcing that a new electric model will launch in 2023. 

The new eighth-generation Astra was revealed earlier this year, boasting a bold new design equipped with Vauxhall’s latest ‘Vizor’ design language and a fully digital cockpit in the interior. 

While the British brand has previously said the new model would bring a plug-in hybrid powertrain, Vauxhall has now confirmed that an electric Astra-e model will follow in 2023. No further details have been confirmed, or whether the hatchback will use the brand’s familiar setup pairing a 100kW electric motor with a 50kWh battery, as seen in the Corsa-e and Mokka-e.

Further details on the plug-in hybrids have been announced however, with two versions set to be available. Each will combine a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, with outputs of 177bhp and 222bhp available. Vauxhall promises an electric range of ‘up to around 35 miles’, along with a fuel economy figure in excess of 200mpg, and CO2 emissions ranging from 24-31g/km.

More conventional turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engines will also be available (in outputs of 108bhp or 128bhp) along with a 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel. 

Other key highlights in the new Astra are its fancy Intelli-Lux Pixel LED headlights, which each feature 84 LED elements, along with a more advanced adaptive cruise control system that can adapt the car’s speed for curves and perform semi-autonomous lane changes.

Inside, it offers more interior space than before, while its new ‘Pure Panel’ cabin design sees a large 10-inch touchscreen merge with a digital dial system of the same size for a more modern experience. 

Vauxhall says the new Astra will be available to order from the autumn, with first deliveries expected in the start of 2022. Along with the upcoming electric model, a Sport Tourer estate version will also launch next year.

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