Vauxhall gives first glimpse of next-gen Astra
Vauxhall has provided teaser images of the new Astra, which arrives in 2022 and will include first-ever electrified versions.
The eighth-gen model will be designed by a team led by British design vice-president Mark Adams and include a five-door hatchback and Sports Tourer estate.
Vauxhall says the new model will add “considerable impetus to the electrification of the brand’s entire product portfolio”. It’s 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 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.
Paul Willcox, managing director, Vauxhall, said: “The all-new Astra will open an exciting new chapter in the 41-year history of our popular compact model. We are confident that the next-generation Vauxhall Astra will make a powerful impression and attract new customers to the brand, especially now Astra will be electrified for the first time.”
More details of the new Astra will follow in the coming months.