Electric Vauxhall Astra-E announced
01 September 2021
Author: Sean Keywood
Vauxhall has confirmed that its upcoming new Astra lower-medium car will be made available as a pure EV.
It says the Astra-E variant will join the range in 2023, alongside petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid versions, which will open for order next month.
Vauxhall has yet to announce powertrain details for the Astra-E, but it will join the electric Corsa-E and Mokka-E in the brand's range.
As for the launch powertrains, Vauxhall says that 225hp and 180hp plug-in hybrids will both offer official WLTP fuel economy of 201.8-256.8mpg, and CO2 emissions of 24-31g/km, with electric driving ranges of up to around 35 miles.
Also available will be 110hp and 130hp petrol engines, and a 130hp diesel - the 110hp engine with manual transmission, and the 130hp engines with either manual or automatic transmission.
With manual gearboxes, fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are 52.3mpg and 123-125g/km for the 110hp petrol, 51.4-52.3mpg and 122-127g/km for the 130hp petrol, and 62.8-64.3mpg and 113-117g/km for the diesel.
As previously announced, features of the new Astra will include two 10in screens, and LED pixel lighting.
Other technology will include adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous lane changing, and a head-up display.
The first deliveries of the new Astra, as a hatchback, will be early next year, with a Sport Tourer estate version to follow later in 2022. UK specs and prices are yet to be announced.