Rakish three-door caught on camera; due on sale next year
2 June 2010

Vauxhall is aiming to pitch is three-door Astra as a sleek coupé to rival the Volkswagen Scirocco, judging from these spy images from Germany.

The images show how the decision to focus on style has allowed designer Mark Adams to give the three-door Astra a much sharper profile. Even under a light disguise, it’s clear that he has used a sharply angled rear side window and thick C-pillar to give a sportier appearance - although the extended roofline and spoiler hint at reasonable rear headroom.

Another undisguised car shows that the ‘blade’ shapes, first seen on the Insignia, have been retained - although their position here is the reverse of the layout on the five-door Astra.

They are joined by a sharp crease that runs from the door handle along the C-pillar to the outside edge of the tail-lights. GM is also planning to offer the five-door’s panoramic windscreen option on the three-door.

The Astra Sport Coupé will be the third variant in the model line-up when it arrives next year; the second model, the Sport Tourer estate, is due to be revealed within the next two weeks.

GM has also started work on a convertible; like the outgoing Astra Twin Top, it’s likely to feature a folding metal roof instead of a hood. But it’s unlikely to make its public debut until late 2011 or 2012.

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2 June 2010

In other words, it's a hatchback, just with less practicality, a massive arse and bloody awful visibility. Some designers ought to be shot. So many accidents happen, so many people die, because of their fascination with swooping rooflines and rising beltlines...

2 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]So many accidents happen, so many people die, because of their fascination with swooping rooflines and rising beltlines...
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If people have to die to provide us with good looking cars then so be it. It's not like humans are an endangered species.

2 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]Some designers ought to be shot. So many accidents happen, so many people die, because of their fascination with swooping rooflines and rising beltlines...[/quote] Some designers ought to be shot. So many accidents happen, so many people die, because of their fascination with swooping rooflines and rising beltlines cars.

2 June 2010

Have to say "sporty" is not the word I would use to describe this oddball. The last 3door Astra was certainly a looker , albeit at the expense of rear visibility for the driver. This one has lost the plot.

2 June 2010

Not much competition for the Scirocco

2 June 2010

Hmmm....the negativity on this post is poisonous.

Looks like a sound effort from Adams. It's stolen a march on the 3dr Focus, while offering a better-looking alternative to the Megane 3dr - if not quite as distinctive as the Scirocco.

2 June 2010

[quote michael knight]

Hmmm....the negativity on this post is poisonous.

Looks like a sound effort from Adams. It's stolen a march on the 3dr Focus, while offering a better-looking alternative to the Megane 3dr - if not quite as distinctive as the Scirocco.

[/quote] The Scirocco is only distinctive because from certain angles (well, most angles, to be honest) it looks as if an elephant has sat on it.

3 June 2010

The design needs more work and refinement. It doesn't look as sleek and sporty as the Scirocco. It's not a bad design, it's just boring.

3 June 2010

2 generations ago the Coupe was a seperate model from the 3 door. The coupe looked good, the 3 door was more practical. shame they gave up and replaced both with one car. And they are doing it again from the looks of it. It wont challenge the Scirocco, but might be competition for the Megan coupe, even if only in looks, and not how it drives.

3 June 2010

I actually like this. The line from the door handle going back to the rear looks interesting. The current 3door Astra is better looking than any of its immediate competition and this one looks set to continue that. Only the Civic is more distinctive in this class.

The Scirocco is ok but im suprised how much adulation there is for it now as when it was launched the general opinion was that it looked like a squashed Golf. I think it looks good from the front, ok from the side and awful at the rear. That bumper is way too big.

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