Vaux­hall gear­ing up for As­tra re­vamp

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - By CHRIS RUSSON

THE new Vaux­hall As­tra pow­ered by engines from its new par­ent com­pany PSA will be priced from £18,855 when it goes on sale later in the year.

That’s an in­crease of a few hun­dred pounds over the cur­rent model, and estate ver­sions will cost from £20,355.

The car – which is slated to be built at Vaux­hall’s Ellesmere Port fac­tory in Cheshire depend­ing on the Brexit out­come – will be avail­able with two petrol engines and a sin­gle diesel al­ready used in Peu­geot and Citroen mod­els.

The seven-trim line-up will top out from £26,755 for Ul­ti­mate Nav spec­i­fi­ca­tion mod­els pow­ered by a 1.2-litre petrol en­gine boosted to 145ps.

Diesels use a 1.5-litre en­gine de­vel­op­ing either 105ps or 122ps, and will cost from £19,905.

A 1.4-litre petrol au­to­matic

is also in­cluded in the range priced from £20,875.

The new As­tra – which is a facelift of the cur­rent model launched in 2015 – comes with a fresh face with a re­vised grille and bumpers and the engines are said to re­duce emis­sions by up to al­most 20 per cent.

The most fuel-ef­fi­cient pow­er­train in the new line-up is the 1.5-litre 105ps diesel which is rated at 64.2mpg with an emis­sion fig­ure of 95g/km.

All mod­els will come with a colour touch­screen, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and air con­di­tion­ing while the range­top­ping Ul­ti­mate Nav ver­sions have a pre­mium sound sys­tem, wireless phone charg­ing and Vaux­hall’s LED Ma­trix head­lights among their stan­dard fea­tures.

The Vaux­hall As­tra is hav­ing a facelift

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