The Astra is getting sexy at last. Vauxhall’s traditionally dour but worthy Ford Focus rival has come of age with this new three-door, shown for the first time in these official pictures.
Arriving in the UK next March, the three-door Astra is actually a deceptive 39mm longer than its five-door sibling, and just 15mm lower, despite the sleeker profile. The company has successfully transformed the upright stance of the five-door Astra to a much sportier three-door that closely resembles the GTC concept car shown at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show.
The main difference is production head and tail lamps, while the door shutline is now visible compared with the concept’s frameless doors. Under the skin, the three-door remains unchanged from an engineering point of view, and will be built alongside the five-door and estate at the GM plant in Antwerp, Belgium. A choice of four petrol and three diesel engines will be offered, crowned by a range-topping 170bhp turbo unit, along with 125bhp 1.8-litre, 105bhp 1.6 and 90bhp 1.4 petrols. Diesel options are the 1.9 CDTi in 120bhp or 150bhp form, and the 100bhp 1.7. A hot 230bhp VXR performance version of the petrol turbo will follow next summer, equipped with the usual sporting makeover, inside and out.