However, despite these sleek lines, Astra three-door offers impressive space and everyday usefulness. It has folding rear seats (60:40 split) for more flexible use of interior space and two adults can travel comfortably in the back.
The promises of the Astra’s dynamic looks translate into serious action on the road, thanks to the IDS chassis (Interactive Driving System), the optional IDSPlus adaptive chassis system with electronic damping control (CDC), ESPPlus and the networking of all electronic chassis systems. In addition, in some models the driver can activate a sport set-up at the touch of a button (SportSwitch) which regulates damper adjustment as well as accelerator-pedal and power steering response. In conjunction with the automatic transmission, gearshift points are also modified for a sportier driving style.
Friedhelm Engler, Astra Chief Designer and Director, Design Integration, GM Europe, adds: “We intensified the emotion of the three-door’s looks compared to the other Astra models. It has a sleek design and represents the most dynamic expression of the new Astra range. That is of course not achieved by simply reducing the number of doors on an existing model.”
The Astra three-door is manufactured in Antwerp, Belgium, where the five-door model and the estate are also produced. Planned annual capacity for the three-door model is around 70,000 units. The Astra three-door goes on sale in spring 2005 with prices to be announced nearer the on sale date.Published 18 August 2004