Facelifted Vauxhall Astra to arrive this year

Updated Vauxhall Astra range may include a GSI model

The Vauxhall Astra is set to receive some mild changes, including updated styling and a revised range of petrol and diesel engines. The facelift should give the Astra a better chance of competing with the recently updated Ford Focus and the forthcoming Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. The new Astra will arrive in showrooms before the end of 2019, with pricing expected to be similar to the current model at around £19,000.

Our exclusive image previews how the new Astra could look, including a revised front bumper, restyled front headlights and new side skirts. We also expect the rear of the car to have a new rear bumper and redesigned lights.

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The facelifted Astra will be available with a pair of turbocharged petrol engines; a smaller 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a more powerful 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit. A turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel engine will also be offered, with the entire engine range getting a small power increase over the current one.

Vauxhall could also introduce a warm-hatch GSI variant of the facelifted Astra, which could use a lower powered version of the Insignia GSI’s 257bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Could the next-generation Vauxhall Astra be electric?

The current Vauxhall Astra sits on underpinnings from the firm’s previous parent company, General Motors, with this upcoming facelifted model being the last to use this platform. When an all-new Vauxhall Astra arrives in 2022, it will be underpinned by the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which opens up the possibility of an electric model.

This new platform will give Vauxhall a far greater array of options for the new next-gen Astra, with its engines, hardware and software all set to be PSA Group parts. The new model will use a new mild-hybrid powertrain that is currently being developed by Vauxhall/Opel for the PSA brands, including Peugeot, Citroen and DS. There is also the potential that a plug-in hybrid variant will sit alongside any fully electric model, borrowing powertrain technology from the new Grandland X Hybrid4 and the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense.

Do you want to know more about the current Vauxhall Astra? Read our in-depth review for the full verdict.

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