A new and updated Vauxhall Astra is expected in 2015, and the picture above shows how it could look. It will likely take styling cues from the Vauxhall Opel Monza coupe, which we drove earlier this year.
As our exclusive image shows, the wing motif in the grille has been updated compared with the current generation, the headlights are far more straight-edged and the large intakes give the impression that it’s lower and wider. A few styling touches remain, though, such as the spine down the centre of the bonnet.
The new Vauxhall Astra will go into production during 2015, and will be built at the company's Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire. This is part of a £125million investment that will secure the future of 2,100 workers and create 700 new jobs.
Production of the next-generation Astra will begin in 2015, and the agreement - which lasts until the early 2020s - is for a minimum of 160,000 cars to be built every year.
When it arrives, it’ll get the company’s latest engines, including the 114bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo used as the Monza’s range extender. That’ll give Vauxhall a rival to Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost Focus. Expect to see the recently released 1.6-litre turbo petrol and 1.6 diesel as well, along with new gearboxes.
The brand’s Intellilink system will be included in the new Vauxhall Astra, allowing buyers to connect smartphones and apps for things like Internet radio and sat-nav.
The new Astra is set to go on sale in the middle of 2015 with a Volkswagen Golf-rivalling price of around £16,500.