Vauxhall/Opel gives first glimpse of new Astra

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Vauxhall/Opel has provided teaser images of the new Astra, which arrives in 2022 and will include first-ever electrified versions.

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Available as a five-door hatchback and Sports Tourer estate, the eighth-gen model will add “considerable impetus to the electrification of the brand’s entire product portfolio”. Opel is yet to reveal powertrain details but the line-up is expected to include plug-in hybrid variants – thanks to the new Astra’s use of the Stellantis EMP2 architecture – but not a fully electric version.

Design will update the latest Vauxhall/Opel philosophy, which will be rolled out to future passenger cars. This includes a revised version of the new ‘Vizor’ front-end introduced on the Mokka, featuring ultra-slim IntelliLux LED headlamps.

The interior uses the next-generation Pure Panel digital cockpit with a fully glazed surface incorporating two widescreen displays. Physical controls will be minimised and cover only the core functions. A newly designed steering wheel and ergonomic front seats will also debut.

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said: “The future Astra will open an exciting new chapter in the 30-year history of our compact class model. We are confident that the next-generation Opel Astra will make a powerful impression and attract many new customers to the brand.”

More details of the new Astra will follow in the coming months.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.