Styling, dynamic and powertrain changes for SUV - but the biggest change is its new sub-£20k price

Vauxhall has released first details on its facelifted Antara - and confirmed a price cut that takes the entry-level version beneath £20,000.

The styling changes on the SUV comprise a new front grille, complete with Vauxhall’s revised badge, new fog lights (with chrome bezels on SE models), new 19in alloy wheels, and modified tail-lights.

See the official pics of the Vauxhall Antara facelift

There are also changes to the Antara’s engine-line-up, with the addition of a 2.2-litre turbodiesel with either 161bhp or 181bhp. The lower-powered option is available with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, or four-wheel drive with either a manual or an automatic. The 181bhp unit comes with four-wheel drive only, and the same choice of transmissions.

Vauxhall claims the units offer improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions, although the firm has yet to release any figures.

The Antara’s chassis set-up has also been revised, with new spring and damper settings designed to improve on and off-road behaviour.

Read more on the recent changes to the Antara's sister car, the Chevrolet Captiva

Inside, the Antara gets a new centre console with more storage and revised materials. New features include a standard electric parking brake, Hill Assist and a gearshift indicator to improve fuel economy.

The most aggressive part of the revamp is probably the price; the 2.2-litre, front-drive Exclusiv entry-level model now starts at £19,995, almost £3000 less than the outgoing base variant. It also undercuts the Antara’s sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Captiva, whose 2.0 diesel models start at £20,595.

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26 November 2010

Yawn,

i see number of this as the Chevy. Its rather un-intresting.

26 November 2010

I can't remember what it looked like before....

26 November 2010

It's a fairly attractive car just now, shame this doesn't look so good.

26 November 2010

It actually looks uglier now. A truly terrible car in every way. Opel/Vauxhall now has a great lineup (Insignia, new Astra, Meriva, facelifted Corsa), and this thing sticks out a lot...

26 November 2010

I can't recall the last time I saw an Antara on the road, or indeed a Kuga or similar offerings from 'mass-market' manufacturers. Yet you see X3s, Tiguans, Q5s and Freelanders by the bucketload but not all them are necessaily any better. Mind you I saw a Renault Koleos today and that is one car that is deserving of its failure. It looks awful.

26 November 2010

[quote Lanehogger]Mind you I saw a Renault Koleos today and that is one car that is deserving of its failure. It looks awful.[/quote]

Aww, I like the Koleos! The quirkiness appeals to me. Like you, though, I do see a lot more 'premium' compact SUVs. Land Rover Freelanders, Volvo XC60s and BMW X3s seem to be the off-roaders of choice around here.

26 November 2010

The Koleos is HIDEOUS!

26 November 2010

They are rare and they will stay that way. Marginally better than a Frontera perhaps.

26 November 2010

[quote Lanehogger]I can't recall the last time I saw an Antara on the road, or indeed a Kuga or similar offerings from 'mass-market' manufacturers.[/quote] I saw an Antara today, I thought they'd been withdrawn from the market like the Koleos! I see lots of Kugas though.

28 November 2010

[quote julianphillips]The Koleos is HIDEOUS[/quote]

Should that be was? It's gone now. What a shame. Not. And in any case this thing is a Daewoo not a Vauxhall

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