Exclusive studio pics of the Vauxhall Astra GTC set for Paris launch
1 October 2010

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.

Read more on the new Vauxhall Astra GTC VXR, plus see pics of it in testing

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.

The car is 4.46 metres long, around 4cm longer than the five-door — although the prominent, arched roofline and shallow rear glass area disguise this.

While its roof is clearly lower than the five-door Astra’s, Vauxhall claims the car still offers “ample space for five people”.

Read Autocar's full road test of the new five-door Vauxhall Astra

A VXR version is due to arrive at the same time as the bread-and-butter models. It’s likely to get a hefty increase in power over the outgoing car — perhaps to as much as 300bhp — and feature an electronic limited-slip differential, similar to the item already fitted to the GTC.

The VXR is likely to be the production model that uses most of the show car’s design flourishes. While the concept’s 21in wheels are likely to reduce in size for the hot three-door, its side window chrome embellishments and LED running lights may stay.

The concept has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with stop-start and a six-speed manual transmission. Its chassis set-up includes an updated version of Vauxhall’s Flexride adaptive damper system, and the same torsion beam rear suspension as the regular Astra.

Despite production-ready looks, the concept is appearing more than a year before the three-door Astra is due on sale in the UK late next year.

John McIlroy

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8 September 2010

Do I detect some Audi A1 around the rear end? Otherwise, gorgeous looking car!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

8 September 2010

I love it from the "B" pillar back , but I don't like the windscreen treatment.

8 September 2010

I thought I'd seen another Megane Coupe at first. The way the roof intersects with the upswept side glass is nearly the same. Additionally, the hip line is also familiar to owners of the VW Scirocco.

Nice overall effect though, bar the grill which needs more contrast - perhaps some mesh to be introduced?

8 September 2010

[quote DSP123]I thought I'd seen another Megane Coupe at first. The way the roof intersects with the upswept side glass is nearly the same[/quote]

Ye it does look a bit like one at the rear side but overall it is a very nice looking car I must say I like it very stylish .

8 September 2010

Pretty...but get on and make it Opel/Vauxhall! Give it another year of teases, sightings etc, and it'll be outdated. Why this delay? It's like Ford and the Focus - showing it a year before launch...I don't get it.

8 September 2010

Looks sort of boring, nothing new here.

8 September 2010

I[quote Autocar]the GTC Paris Concept is ostensibly a show car. But Vauxhall says the design “gives the strongest hint yet to the Astra Sport Hatch’s successor”[/quote]

think Autocar you'll find that this is effectively the prodcution car which has a few 'concept' features on it, a ploy many manufacturers seem to be using now when previewing their next models. Still, it looks fab.

Just wait to see whether they call it a 3-dr hatch or try and market it as a faux-coupe like Renault.

8 September 2010

Its an oversized Fiesta

If it had been launched a few years ago it would have been pretty special

but now it just blends in with everything else, take the badge away and like the 5 door Astra it could very well be a Kia or Hyundai

8 September 2010

Vauxhall have already promised a lower roofline and redesigned nose so I can't see what can change much between concept and production versions. Perhaps the RenaultSport-esque intake will be saved for the VXR. Anyway, I'm a fan of this. Nice one Vauxhall.

8 September 2010

[quote Tweetmoose]so I can't see what can change much between concept and production versions.[/quote]

Yes, sheet metal will surely be production now, but lights and bumpers might be slightly detail tweaked for a show car.

If you remember the 'scoop' carpark shots we have already seen, there was a lower spec front bumper - so this show one is probably more like the VXR, agree on that. Also the 21" wheels were not in those pics - again perhaps only for the VXR.

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