- Jun 17th. 2015
- By CourtenaySport
- First pictures of new Brit-built Astra ahead of Frankfurt unveil
- Up to 200kg lighter than outgoing model
- Smaller outside, bigger inside
- New engine portfolio including 1.4-litre (145PS) petrol
- First all-new Vauxhall with OnStar
- IntelliLink R 4.0 compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Luton – These are the first images of Vauxhall’s seventh-generation Astra, which will reach production later this year from the company’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire.
Based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, powertrains and technology, Astra will receive its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 17-27).
One the UK’s top-selling and best-loved cars, the Astra is a household name for British car buyers with over 2.9 million sold in the UK over the last 36 years with over 50,000 last year.
Depending on the model and trim level it will be up to 200kg (130kg on average) lighter than its predecessor. The completely new vehicle architecture plays a major role in the weight reduction. Every component was checked for compact design and lightweight materials. The body shell weight alone was reduced by 20 per cent from 357kg to 280kg.
Additional, chassis-related measures resulted in a further 50kg weight loss. These include high-strength and ultra-high-strength low-weight steels, compact subframes as well as weight reductions to the front and rear axle.
The all-new Astra features a powertrain portfolio including petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS.
It is expected that a new GSi model (247bhp) and VXR model (296bhp) will also be announced.