Vauxhall Announces All New Built In Britain Astra Sports Tourer
Pentagon is very pleased to announce that Vauxhall has revealed the all-new British-built Astra Sports Tourer for its debut this week at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Like its five-door hatch sibling, the Sports Tourer is based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, powertrains, and technology. It is very proudly ‘built-in Britain’ at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire.
- All-new Astra Sports Tourer available in Pentagon Vauxhall showrooms next year
- Smaller outside, bigger inside – up to 200kg lighter than the outgoing model
- New seat architecture and tailgate that opens via a kick movement
- New powertrains and technology including OnStar and Apple CarPlay
All-New Astra Sports Tourer Design
Just like the five-door hatch, the Sports Tourer takes Vauxhall’s design philosophy ‘Sculptural Artistry meets Technical Precision’ to the next level. The Sports Tourer further extends the dynamic lines of the five-door with a slightly arched sloping roofline giving the Sports Tourer a longer appearance – an effect that is further enhanced by the divided C-pillar. The rear view combines high functionality with an elegant design. The Sports Tourer has a stable, robust, and safe stance with muscular rear-wheel arch contours and the divided rear light clusters enforcing this impression.
The latest generation Sports Tourer has the same dimensions as the outgoing model with a length of 4,702mm, a width of 1,871mm (with exterior mirrors folded in), and a height of 1,499mm – however, it offers much more space for passengers and luggage. The driver can enjoy 26mm of additional headroom, passengers in the rear have 28mm more, providing more space and comfort. The Sports Tourer’s total cargo capacity is now 1,630 litres, thanks to more efficient packaging.
All-New Astra Sports Tourer Loading space
For the first time on a Vauxhall, the tailgate can be opened without a touch or remote control. In combination with “Keyless Entry and Start” a simple small kicking motion under the rear bumper is enough to open the tailgate. A further kicking motion under the bumper will close the tailgate. This clever system can detect any obstruction and stops the mechanism in case of an emergency. The tailgate can still be opened by a switch on the driver’s side of the car or via the key’s remote control.
In order to increase loading space, the Sports Tourer comes with 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enabling even more flexible loading space configurations. The FlexOrganiser product range with side rails, dividing nets, and various fastening options is available as an option so that all loaded materials can be stored safely and tidily.
All-New Astra Sports Tourer Powertrains
The powertrain engine portfolio features petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS, including an all-new 1.4-litre (150PS) ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo and the recently-launched 1.6-litre CDTi Whisper Diesel. The 200PS version of the 1.6-litre ECOTEC petrol will celebrate its world premiere this week in Frankfurt.
All-New Astra Sports Tourer Chassis
Depending on the model and trim level this Astra Sports Tourer is up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor. The completely new vehicle architecture plays a major role in the weight reduction with every component checked for compact design and lightweight materials. The body shell weight alone was reduced by 20 per cent from 357kg to 280kg.
Additionally, 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.
All-New Astra Sports Tourer Connectivity
The Astra Sports Tourer also features OnStar which is ground-breaking connectivity technology now available across Europe. OnStar includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification, and a stolen vehicle recovery alert. The Sports Tourer is also one of the first vehicles from a mainstream manufacturer to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available through a new version of the IntelliLink infotainment system meeting the needs of today’s always-connected driver.
If you would like to view, test drive or request a brochure in advance to be one of the first to drive the All-New Astra Sports Tourer, please contact your local Pentagon Vauxhall showroom, enquire online or call 0333 222 0424 to register your interest.