Re-entry hatch’s top mission
Apple Car play and Android auto and safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist.
“Coupled with a 147Kw 1.6litre turbocharged engine and six-speed manual and optional six-speed auto, this new hatch will definitely turn heads.”
Mr Maurice says he expects stock to start arriving by the end of December with a special launch after all models arrive.
The new Astra has some technology not available on most rivals.
Fully loaded a top of the range Astra now costs more than $40,000 drive-away.
There are three models in the range — R, RS, and RS-V — and a choice of 1.4 or 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder engines, both with six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmissions.
For now only the cheapest model is available with an auto.
$916 over 3 years
6 airbags, 5 stars (for RS and RS-V; R is unrated)
1.4-litre 4-cyl turbo, 110kW/240Nm; 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo, 147kW/300Nm
6-speed man/auto; FWD
4386mm (L), 1809mm (W), 1485mm (H), 2662mm (WB) 1283kg-1363kg Ireland Holden