New Three-Door Astra Revealed

Vauxhall Astra 3-Door

Vauxhall Astra

It’s sleek, it’s stylish, and it’s going to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show (25 September – 10 October, 2004). The latest addition to the highly regarded new Astra family, the eagerly awaited new Astra three-door, is a stunning design that boasts expressive, dynamic looks, and a promise of real driving excitement.

At launch, new Astra three-door will be available with a choice of four petrol and three common-rail diesel engines with power outputs from 90 to 170 hp – and all engines comply with the Euro 4 emissions standard. Furthermore, a VXR model with a power output in excess of 230 hp, more extreme styling and sharper handling will be revealed later this year and go on sale in summer 2005.

As well as offering a wide and usable range of engines, Astra three-door boasts up-to-the-minute technology that is exclusive to Vauxhall in the compact class and further enhances the car’s dynamics. For example, drivers can specify a networked IDSPlus chassis with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and steering-linked AFL headlamps (Adaptive Forward Lighting).

With such impressive engines, safety in Astra three-door is key and is ensured by the car’s extensive protection system, which was instrumental in Euro NCAP awarding the five-door Astra a maximum five star rating. As such, the three-door Astra was designed using the proven technology and equipment of the Astra hatch and estate variants.

Little has changed from the stunning GTC concept first shown at Geneva in 2003. Its striking shape was achieved by incorporating sporty proportions with short overhangs, distinctive rear lights and a more pronounced tapering at the front and rear. In addition, the arched sloping roof and the angular rear side windows create a particularly taut profile, while the wide, sculpted shoulders accentuate the powerful shape of the body, which sits around 15 millimetres lower than the five-door. Furthermore, the car’s already stunning looks are accentuated by an optional panoramic windscreen – making its own world premiere in the three-door model – which extends to the B-pillar and creates a vast sense of space.

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Published 18 August 2004 Melanie Carter
 
 

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