40 Years In The Making: Vauxhall Reveals All-New Plug-In Astra

The eighth generation of the Astra, now electrified for your driving pleasure — complete with two performance levels to choose from.

  • New Astra will launch as a sporty five-door with a low-slung look, a first for the British automaker.
  • Power will range from 81kW to 96kW on the plug-in models.
  • Radar sensors/body cameras gives the all new Astra advanced driver assistance systems.
  • Orders can be placed from the autumn with deliveries expected to reach buyers by early next year.

Vauxhall have lifted the hood on an upcoming Astra that embraces electric power as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). This will be the first electric Astra to hit the road 40 years after the first model was launched.

A cause for celebration? We believe so — especially if you’re a fan of your sporty-looking rides.

The new Astra will launch as a five-door with a low-slung look, promising even more space compared to previous versions. In other words, It’s a compact car with plenty of room to move around in.

In fact, the new Astra is Vauxhall’s first model to embrace its new design philosophy.

“With its bold Vizor front face, strong muscular wheel arch blisters and sheer surfacing, the All-New Astra has a very sporty and confident personality,” says Mark Adams, Vice President of Design at Vauxhall.

Power will range from 81kW to 96kW on the plug-in models, giving drivers plenty of pure electric range.

Vauxhall will launch the Astra in two performance levels, one a plug-in hybrid, the other a “highly efficient” petrol/diesel version with “friction-optimised six-speed-manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.”

© Credit to Vauxhall

Furthermore, the new Astra comes fully decked out in the latest automated driver assistance tech.

In addition to the multifunctional camera in the windscreen, the technology consists of four body cameras, five radar sensors, not to mention ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear.

Expect adaptive cruise control and smart semi-automatic lane changes to be amongst some of the finer features this EV has to offer.

“The All-New Astra arrives with sensational design and class-leading levels of technology. With the choice of an electrified powertrain, the All-New Astra has been developed with utmost precision, down to the smallest detail. We are confident the next generation Astra has all it takes to become another best seller and continue to attract new customers to the brand.”
— Paul Willcox, Managing Director of Vauxhall

The British carmaker says books will be open in the autumn, so make a note. Deliveries of the new Astra are expected to be with buyers “by early next year.”

We expect to hear more (pricing/additional spec) as we creep closer to the official launch date. Either way, we’ll keep you posted.

How could you not read all that and not feel excited? Vauxhall is clearly swinging for the fences in what it calls the “next chapter” for the firm. Give us your take via social media.

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