These are the first official pictures of the revised British-built Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer, along with the latest addition to the GTC range, the 193bhp BiTurbo diesel model.
Available to order now, with first deliveries in September, the refreshed design of the Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer – both of which are built at Ellesmere Port – gives the cars a more bold and aggressive appearance. Both body styles get a new front grille, with repositioned logo-bar in the upper section and a re-styled lower section too. New front indicator lamps and a new design of fog lamp (where fitted) complete the front-end revisions.
The rear of both models has also been refreshed, with new rear-panel styling complemented by a chrome lower moulding. New-look Astra pricing remains unchanged from the previous model.
Also available is the Astra GTC 2.0CDTi BiTurbo, which will become the most powerful non-VXR model in the range, producing 193bhp. And while the extra power and torque give it a healthy lift in performance with 0-60mph in 7.8secs and a maximum speed of 139mph, the BiTurbo still achieves a combined 53.3mpg and C02 emissions of 139g/km. All BiTurbos receive Vauxhall’s Start/Stop system as standard.
Uniquely in this class, the GTC uses a sequential turbocharging system, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower speeds to eliminate lag. In the mid-range, both turbochargers work together. The Astra GTC BiTurbo enters the range at £23,925 – a premium of £995 over the GTC 2.0 CDTi 161bhp model – but in addition to extra power and torque, receives: bespoke 18in alloys, Electronic Climate Control, 6mm lower ride-height, a new body-kit and ‘Track’ interior trim, with a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel.
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