Vauxhall's has unveiled its rakish GTC concept at the Paris motor show.
The GTC Paris Concept is ostensibly a show car, but is expected to preview the new three-door Astra.
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Vauxhall confirms this saying the design “gives the strongest hint yet to the Astra Sport Hatch’s successor” which is due next year, and the high-performance VXR variant that will arrive at the same time.
The firm has also suggested that the eventual production model will carry the GTC monicker, the first time it will have been used on a Vauxhall.
Styled under the direction of GM Europe’s British-born design chief, Mark Adams, the GTC concept mixes styling cues from across the firm’s model range.
In particular, the ‘blade’ surfacing on the car’s flanks is reversed from the five-door Astra’s, leading from the front door instead — in a manner used on the Insignia — to create a subtle, integrated side skirt. A second crease runs from the front edge of the door handles to the rear lights.
The front styling cues include a sharp crease down the centre of the bonnet — a feature from Vauxhalls of old, the firm claims — and headlights that sweep back into the front wings.
The rear gets LED tail-lights in a “flying wing” motif and a subtle spoiler at the top of a hatch that has a complex shutline.