ASTRA ARRIVAL: Multi-award winning Opel Astra arrives here in December sporting a Holden badge and high hopes of boosting the brand as local manufacturing winds up.
ASTRA ARRIVAL: Multi-award winning Opel Astra arrives here in December sporting a Holden badge and high hopes of boosting the brand as local manufacturing winds up.

December arrival for Holden's new $21,990 Astra

HOLDEN is preparing to shake up the small car segment by pricing its new feature-laden Astra model from $21,990 before on-roads.

The entry-level Astra R hatchback is priced above key rivals Toyota Corolla ($19,790), Mazda3 ($20,490) and Hyundai i30 ($20,990), but Holden will see the new car - the 2016 European Car of the Year no less - as a rival to Volkswagen's Golf hatch, which starts from $22,490.

2017 Holden Astra.Photo: Contributed
2017 Holden Astra.Photo: Contributed

Built at Opel's Polish plant, the all-new Astra will arrive in Australia this December in R, RS and RS-V grades.

Specification looks generous from entry, with the R model featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear view camera with rear park assist and a digital radio.

Astra R models use a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 110kW and 240Nm and returns from 5.8L/100km.

Australian entry-level VW Golfs - seen as a close Astra rival in Europe - feature a 92kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol returning 5.6L/100km, while on the spec front the Golf misses out on alloy wheels, lumbered instead with 15-inch steel rims.

The Astra RS grade costs from $26,490 before on-roads and uses a 147kW/300Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol. Standard spec includes a passive entry push-button start and impressive active safety gear including advanced park assist, side blind spot alert, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert and lane keep assist.

First 2017 Holden Astra rolls off the porduction line in Europe.Photo: Contributed
First 2017 Holden Astra rolls off the porduction line in Europe.Photo: Contributed Picasa

Range topping RS-V models start from $30,990 and add 18-inch alloys, leather appointed seats (heated at front), heated steering wheel, 8-inch touchscreen, embedded sat nav, LED tail lamps and dual zone climate control.

Automatic gearboxes are $2200 cost options across all grades.

The European-sourced Astra will feature unique Australian chassis tuning courtesy of Holden's engineering team, as we've become accustomed to in recent foreign-sourced Holdens.

Holden's Director of Vehicle Performance, Ian Butler, said Holden and Opel identified efficiencies and similarities in customers' expectations and vehicle usage and were able to work together to develop a common vehicle setup.

2017 Holden Astra.Photo: Contributed
2017 Holden Astra.Photo: Contributed

"Holden and Opel share very similar DNA but we still made sure our engineers were involved in developing Astra and setting targets, right from the start of the program," he said.

"We've engineered our own unique Australian chassis input which, when combined with the new 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre turbo petrol options, we're confident will excel on the variety of road surfaces in Australia.

"Along with Spark and Colorado, Astra is another great example of how Holden is collaborating with GM engineers globally to ensure we can deliver the best vehicles to Australia."



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