The New Vauxhall Astra | Part Four

Available as an option, Vauxhall has further developed its IDS (Interactive Driving System) concept which was first seen on the Vectra and is now being introduced to the lower-medium sector for the first time.

IDS Plus sets new standards in achieving balance, ride comfort and active safety. In addition to ESP Plus and ABS, the IDS integrated network also integrates CDC (Continuous Damping Control). It is the kind of chassis technology previously seen only in higher priced segments and is another example of Vauxhall pioneering new technology within mainstream, affordable cars.

The sporting models within the range are also fitted with the new SportSwitch which at a push of a button, changes damper, steering and throttle settings. The sport mode also shifts the steering map towards "direct" for even quicker steering response.

Class leading engines mated to hi-tech transmissions
  • Four petrol, two diesel engines at launch
  • 1.9 150 hp diesel and 2.0 200 hp petrol to join range late summer
  • Economical TWINPORT technology
  • New six-speed manual gearbox
  • Improved Easytronic, now with paddle controls

Economy, power and versatility are the key attributes to the fifth generation Astra's range of petrol and diesel engines. Developed with these in mind, each engine choice offers the driver advanced technology, dynamic yet efficient performance and reduced exhaust emissions - all engines already comply with the Euro 4 emission standards. Transmission choices have also been improved. In addition to the manual five-speed and four-speed automatic units, Astra owners will have the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or the refined Easytronic automatic transmission.

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Published 24 February 2004 Melanie Carter
 

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