The all-new Holden Astra will be reaching our shores in December with more gear than the current model and a significantly cheaper starting price of price of $21,990.
Offered in three grades; entry level Astra R, the RS and the RS-V; the first of the 2016 European Car of the Year are set to arrive in Australia December this year.
The Astra underwent several surgical procedures with a clean-slate design, weight reduction and new styling cues, as well as the addition of new technology. Featuring IntelliLux LED Matrix headlamps, more active safety tech like rear-view camera available as standard, turbocharged engines and Apply CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Astra R features a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which will produce 110kW of power and 240Nm of torque. It’ll also be equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch screen compatible with car-projecting technology, a Rear View Camera with Rear Park Assist and digital radio.
With a price tag of $21,990 for the manual and $24,190 for the automatic, the new base-model Astra (currently the GTC) will get a $5000 price-chop.
The mid-tier RS and top-spec RS-V will feature a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, claiming 147kW and 300Nm. For $26,490 (or $28,690 for the auto), the RS will add push-button start, advanced park assist, side blind spot alert and forward facing camera for automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert and lane keep assist. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until March 2017 for the 1.6-litre automatic to arrive in showrooms.
The top of the range RS-V gains 18-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel and leather seats, an 8-inch colour touchscreen with phone connectivity and satellite navigation. As a cost option, the RS-V will also be available with Holden’s IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights which automatically adapt the strength of the headlight to your driving conditions. It’ll wear a price of $30,990 for manual or $33,190 for the automatic.
The VXR will remain in the line-up having only launched last year, and will top the price list at $39,990.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see the first all-new Holden Astra built and ready to ship,” said Holden Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley.
“Astra’s premium European design oozes quality and style, and with Australian input and extensive global testing, you can be sure it will deliver the performance and refinement Holden has built its reputation on.”
Holden’s Director of Vehicle Performance, Ian Butler, said the European-made car has been adapted to suit the Australian roads.
“Holden and Opel share very similar D.N.A. but we still made sure our engineers were involved in developing Astra and settling targets, right from the start of the program,” he said.
“We’ve engineered our own unique Australian chassis input which, when combined with the new 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine options, we’re confident will excel on the variety of road surfaces in Australia.”