New Vauxhall Astra officially unveiled

Vauxhall has officially lifted the curtain off its all-new seventh-generation Astra hatchback, which is due to go into production later this year.

The newest version of the popular hatch has seen Vauxhall give it a complete overhaul from the ground up, with an all-new lightweight architecture and fresh design, engines and technology.

Leaner and more athletic, the manufacturer has given it a redesigned look, along with a new chrome bar in the middle of the grille, bringing it into line with the rest of Vauxhall’s new range.

New design and new equipment

A divided C-pillar now gives the impression of a floating roof, while the new Astra also features incorporated front headlamps and a more sculpted rear end.

Almost 5cm smaller than its predecessor, it’s also 2.6cm lower for a more aerodynamic and efficient profile, the new Vauxhall Astra is easier to drive and park but actually has more space on the inside.

Newly-designed seats allow extra legroom for passengers, while the new architecture and reduced size also decrease weight by as much as 200kg, increasing driveability and efficiency.

In the cabin, the new Vauxhall Astra comes outfitted with a high-quality cockpit and integrated instrument panel, keeping the same sleek, modern and clean look as the exterior.

Switches and buttons have largely been replaced by a new large colour touchscreen which sits in the centre console and supports Vauxhall’s latest version of the IntelliLink infotainment system.

Featuring smartphone compatibility, IntelliLink is compatible with both Android and Apple devices and can be used to select navigation, phone and a variety of apps including Skype, WhatsApp and Spotify.

Other kit includes cruise control with a speed limiter, heated seats with a massaging function and new LED lights which automatically shut off the full-beam when oncoming traffic is detected.

The Astra also comes with Vauxhall’s new OnStar system, which automatically alerts emergency services to the location of the vehicle in the event of a serious crash and can turn the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Intelligent LED lights and a new range of engines

An all-new powertrain portfolio includes the choice of a new 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol from the same family as the turbo three-cylinder in the Corsa, ADAM and Viva ranges.

Delivering 143bhp and 250Nm of torque, the new petrol engine is joined by a 104bhp 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.6-litre ‘Whisper Diesel’ in a range of outputs between 109bhp and 158bhp.

Pricing for the new Vauxhall Astra range has yet to be announced, but more is expected to be known before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.