Vauxhall hatches hot Astra
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.