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Facelifted Vauxhall Astra debuts leaner new engines

The first images of the facelifted Vauxhall Astra are now out, with the updated model bringing latest technologies plus new, more efficient engines.

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Drawing on parent PSA’s engine range, the facelifted model gains new Euro 6d turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that, along with enhanced aerodynamic design and new transmissions, see CO2 emissions and fuel consumption reduced by up to 19% compared to the outgoing model.

Petrol units cover three-cylinder, turbo petrol units and include 110, 130hp and 145hp 1.2-litre variants paired with a six-speed manual and bringing preliminary CO2 from 101-105g/km and WLTP combined fuel consumption of 51.4-54.3mpg. There’s also a 145hp 1.4-litre petrol with a new seven-speed CVT and CO2 of 110g/km and WLTP combined fuel of 47.9-49.6mpg.

Diesel line-up comprises two variants of PSA’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engines with 105hp and 122hp, and married up with a six-speed manual gearbox while the higher-powered unit debuts PSA’s nine-speed automatic transmission as an option.

Preliminary diesel economy figures start from 96g/km CO2 NEDC Correlated and with WLTP combined fuel consumption from 53.3mpg to 64.2mpg.

Other changes include to the chassis, which gets new shock absorbers to increase comfort, while new safety technologies bring a smaller and more powerful digital front camera that not only recognises vehicles, but also pedestrians. The new camera also means the traffic sign recognition functionality can now process more traffic signs and show them as symbols on the display. The digital rear view camera, available on selected models, has also been updated, and works in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system.

Connectivity revisions bring inductive smartphone charging plus faster and more intuitive Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro systems. All systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro – already featured in the Vauxhall Insignia flagship – has an eight-inch colour touchscreen and can also be operated by voice control. Connected Navigation services bring real-time traffic information and online map updates while the navigation display and instrument cluster have been updated.

Optional features also include the E-Call emergency call function while a high-end Bose sound system, featured on selected models, comes with seven loudspeakers, including a RichBass subwoofer under the boot, and enables up to eight different sound profiles to be stored via the digital amplifier.

Finally, the new Astra introduces a heated windscreen on selected models.

The new Astra goes on sale in August with first deliveries starting from November.

Prices and confirmed CO2 / fuel figures will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.