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.
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.