Vauxhall's new convertible will feature an interior similar to the Astra on which it is partially based
23 August 2012

Vauxhall is readying its new convertible for a debut at next month’s Paris motor show, as our spy shots of its production-ready interior show.

Caught undergoing testing at the Nürburgring, the dash of this mule appears identical to that of the Astra, with which it shares most of its underpinnings. This means the same plethora of buttons adorning the centre console as the hatchback, Sports Tourer and GTC. The dash will carry additional chrome trim in an effort to provide a more upmarket look.

Along with the clear Astra influence, the new soft-top features parts from the larger Insignia to ensure space for four. Despite this, the convertible will not share the Astra or Insignia nameplate. It will reveal the drop-top’s name in Paris.

Vauxhall will introduce the new convertible at a slightly higher price point than the old Astra TwinTop. It fears the Astra badge will hold little appeal at this level.

These pictures also reveal how seriously Vauxhall is pursuing increased passenger space in its new fabric-roofed convertible. Next to and behind the driver, crash dummies can be seen strapped into the seats, displaying its four-seat capabilities.

Expect drivetrain options to mirror those of the Astra and Insignia donor cars, including a new range of 1.6-litre turbo engines to be introduced later this year. Diesel options will include a 128bhp 1.7 CDTI and a more powerful 165bhp 2.0-litre option. There is no word yet on the viability of the 195bhp BiTurbo diesel in the convertible. A dual-clutch transmission is set to appear sometime after launch.

After its debut next month, Vauxhall’s new convertible should be in showrooms during spring 2013.

Matt Bird

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23 August 2012

I recently saw a google image of an Insignia Convertible which im not sure if it will be going into production but boy does it look good. i think they should. as for this car it looks good also give it the calibra badge GM.

23 August 2012

"...instantly rendered impotent by the inclusion of a Vauxhall badge."

23 August 2012

The shut lines around the boot look like this could be a folding hardtop...could be wrong, and its only an Astra convertible so who cares...but just thought I'd mention it!

23 August 2012

Caption for the last pic says, "The new convertible will have space for four adults" but the pic itself suggests space for dummies.  And only dummies would go for this - the Vauxhall badge just doesn't have the cachet to carry it off.

23 August 2012

I'm surprised it bears such a strong resembelance to the Astra and Insignia interiors, who'd have thought it eh...

23 August 2012

Judging by the dummies head room aint great.....

Here's to the crazy ones......

24 August 2012

The basic proportions look right for a convertible as most hard top convertibles have dissproportional looking rear ends. I prefer petrol engines in convertibles "you don't really want to hear the sound of a diesel when driving with the top down" Plus if I had any input in the design I would ditch the astra internals and replace them with somthing more elegant and less cluttered. Looking at the 8th photo it would appear to need beefier suspension at the rear unless the test dummies are particually lardy. The problem with Vauxhall is the brand will hold them back if they intend to make it too expensive. Perhaps G.M. should have continued with the development of the Saab 9-3. Just saying!

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