Vaux­hall hatches hot As­tra

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

This GTC Paris “con­cept” for the Paris Mo­tor Show is the ba­sis for the next Vaux­hall As­tra Sports Hatch three-door.

It also shows that the de­sign team at Vaux­hall-Opel is chas­ing the emo­cion-zoom-zoom gen­er­a­tion tar­geted by Mazda and Seat. The pro­duc­tion car will look very like this con­cept.

It will be a five-seater and may even be called the GTC. It will not, how­ever, have the 21-inch wheels seen on the model.

Un­der­pin­ning the GTC Paris is a sports chas­sis with an ex­tra-wide stance. It has an elec­tronic limited slip dif­fer­en­tial and an up­dated ver­sion of Vaux­hall’s Flex Ride adap­tive damp­ing.

A four-cylin­der, 2.0-litre tur­bocharged en­gine, with di­rect petrol in­jec­tion and start/stop technology, is mated to a six-speed man­ual gear­box.

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