Latets spy pictures of the Opel/Vauxhall Junior reveal its interior for the first time

The Vauxhall Allegra's interior has been spied for the first time as the city car continues its cold weather testing. The new Mini rival is in its final year of development ahead of a planned 2013 launch.

The car, which was previously known as the Vauxhall Junior, borrows much of its basic switchgear on and below the steering wheel and its instrument binnacle from the larger Vauxhall Corsa. But the centre console and dashboard are believed to be of a much higher quality, with soft-touch materials and gloss black trim.

See spy pictures of the Vauxhall Junior

At just 3.7 metres long — the same as the Mini — the Vauxhall Allegra will be made only as a three-door hatchback. Despite the camouflage, it is possible to see that it features comparatively narrow pillars, a low beltline and large, rounded headlights.

It looks less obviously like a Vauxhall/Opel family member than some current models, with its short wheelbase and unusually wide tracks giving it a squat, sporty look. It also features a convex rear window reminiscent of the original Ford Ka’s, and an arched roofline like that of an Audi A1.

The design is the work of the Vauxhall/Opel studio in Russelsheim. Although it is focused on European motorists, GM marketing chiefs believe the city hatch could sell well in Asia and Latin America.

Despite the three-door body, the Junior has practical four-person accommodation and is bigger inside than a Fiat 500.

The Junior will be offered with a range of economy-focused three-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel forms, but sportier engines may also be in prospect; insiders say the engine bay can be made in two different sizes to accommodate bulkier powertrains. A battery-powered version is also understood to be under development and is due in 2015.

The Junior will be the premium-priced model in a three-strong GM small-car range alongside the Corsa and Agila, all of which use iterations of the firm’s latest small-car platform designed in Korea.

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23 January 2012

Vauxhall Mokka and possibly Vauxhall Allegra...?

Dear God, no. Don't even think about it.

23 January 2012

Splitting of the name of an Opel/Vauxhall mainstream car? Hasn't been seen since the early 90s.

Will be interesting to see how the name Allegra affects sales in the Republic of Ireland.

20 February 2012

May be the Allegro name is far enough in the past to prevent this car from being a laughing stock?

It certainly looks like they have all the right ingredients and have created in spirit what is effectively a second generation KA with 500 pretentions - something Ford tried but failed to do with the real second gen KA.

Considering the news reports of the past week, I wonder how much hope Vauxhall / Opel are pinning on this car to lift their image and profits?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2012

Doesnt matter how good this car is, the Allegra name will kill it, to continue with that name is just being willfully stupid

20 February 2012

Dear Vauxhal-Opal I've got a novel idea that will be an excellent marketing ploy, why not fit the new Allegra with a square steering wheel? What do you mean, it has been tried already? Another novel feature you could try is to design the gear lever so that it comes off in the drivers had when they change down from 4th to 3rd just as they come up to the Hanger Lane Gyratory System. You could call it "retro" evoking memories of 1970s for those of us who learned to drive in British cars of that era! I'm sure it will boost sales? Cheers, Weenedonpetrol (taught to drive in father's Austin Allegro 1.3L).

20 February 2012

I'm amazed that Vauxhall/Opel's ergo requirments allow the heater controls to be positioned so far down on the dashboard, right in front of the gearshift.

Apart from that clanger it reminds me of a rounded-off Citroen C3 interior.

Myk

20 February 2012

Are we sure GM aren't having us on, and are running around in a camouflaged Mk1 Ford Ka as a joke?

20 February 2012

Oh dear my first thoughts were that names dangerously close to Allegro aka a la grotto etc etc .

I think a new name would be a good idea or maybe Vauxhall could be radical and resort to numbers like BMW and say they are going up market . Im sure marketing could come out with some convincing bull to support the idea .

Hmm wonder if that idea could make me some money !

DKW

20 February 2012

[quote feckin maso]Doesnt matter how good this car is, the Allegra name will kill it, to continue with that name is just being willfully stupid[/quote] Agree. I have been the first to criticise McLaren for their naming of the MPABC123-barcode, not to mention those amusing Japanese minibuses (Bongo Friendee Happy Platypus or whatever random names have been picked from a dictionary), but this tops it. For a company not exactly gifted with a cutting edge image this just reinforces that you are buying from some water treading slackers. The new Saab. Or should that be the old Saab, I'm getting confused.

20 February 2012

Oh please dont!! Why not just call it Junior it sounds a damn sight better than Allegra or even better Nova, would love to see that name brought back! damn it just call it Agila i'd be much happier with that name than this stupid name. no one will buy it called Allegra GM take note!

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