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New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power

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Vauxhall has confirmed that the new Astra will be the very first generation of the...

Vauxhall has confirmed that the new Astra will be the very first generation of the car or truck to be electrified, and our special impression exhibits how the forthcoming Ford Concentrate rival could glimpse.

The organization has now teased a part of the car’s new-glimpse entrance stop, which will make use of the brand’s ‘Vizor’ structure, as now seen on the Mokka SUV. We be expecting the relaxation of the car or truck to adopt components of the latest Corsa, with similar entrance vents, a sturdy shoulder line crease and distinct human body-coloured C-pillars. It is surely a daring glimpse, and a radical departure from the much more rounded styling of the preceding car or truck.

The new Astra will also get the brand’s Pure Panel twin-screen infotainment set-up, with Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay as normal. Pure Panel combines either a seven or 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display with a 10 or 12-inch electronic sprint panel, depending on specification.

As a end result, the fascia has been simplified more than the outgoing Astra, with only the main functions now operated by actual physical buttons, which Vauxhall calls “finely crafted keys.” These mix with a new steering wheel structure featuring smarter controls on the wheel’s spokes, such as people for the car’s new semi-autonomous adaptive cruise handle. 

This is component of Vauxhall’s bid to acquire the Astra upmarket, with the organization declaring that “the higher good quality of the interior working experience is emphasised by the shape, textures and resources utilized in the newly-built steering wheel and the ergonomic entrance seats.”

The forthcoming Astra will also be the very first design in the nameplate’s heritage to aspect a plug-in hybrid powertrain, built feasible by the use of the Stellantis EMP2 platform that underpins the latest Peugeot 308. 

A 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol motor combines with a 108bhp electrical motor to give 178bhp, with a 222bhp variant arriving later on. Close to 31 miles of pure electrical range is expected, and both will use an 8-speed automated gearbox.

Traditional engines are also available, in the type of a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit and a 1.5-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol can be experienced with either 108bhp or 128bhp, with the sole diesel solution also offering 128bhp. All are available with a six-speed guide gearbox, or an 8-speed automated.

The new car or truck will also be available in Sports Tourer estate type alongside the standard five-door hatchback, giving prospective buyers even much more practicality. Entire aspects on the new Astra will be revealed in the coming months.

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