Holden aims high with all-new 2017 Astra Sedan


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Holden has proclaimed the next step in its rejuvenated diminutive-car strategy, with confirmation the all-new Astra litter will launch in May 2017. The saloon offering joins the Astra hatching and Astra convertible siblings to extend Holden’s small-car line-up in one of the tightest portion in the passenger car market.

Utilising the corresponding Delta 2 architecture as the Astra hatching, the sedan promises polished dynamic manners, advanced technology and only Australian design and engineering care of from GM’s Australian subsidiary in Porthole Melbourne.

Holden’s Director – Preparation and Program Management, Marinos Panayiotou, aforementioned Holden is leveraging GM’s global ware portfolio and, with Astra saloon, customers have a vehicle that effortlessly mingle functionality and comfort, with added than a touch of luxury.

“Last gathering, Holden committed to launching 24 new output by 2020, and Astra sedan substitutes for the thirteenth of those, joining Astra incubate and Astra coupe to continue edifice a world-class small car stove,” said Mr. Panayiotou.

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Based on the US-fashioned Chevrolet Cruze, the new Astra saloon was lead by GM’s development team in Collection, manufactured in Korea and finished with invention elements and significant engineering stimulation from Holden, including expulsion tuning at the company’s Lang Lang proving undercoat.

“Sharing the same architecture as the Astra brood, the new Astra Sedan assumes a reasoning, sophisticated persona to expand on the entreaty of the sports styled hatch,” aforementioned Mr. Ferlazzo.

“Our Australian artificer have styled a unique Holden lineaments with exclusive new front facia and grille, closely aligning with the coming generation Commodore to give a deeper cohesive look to not Astra, but to the wider Holden result range.”

While no technical element have been announced, the saloon’s drivetrain is expected to mimic that of the incubate. This means the booted novel will be offered with two turbocharged gasoline engine options – a 1.4-l producing 110kW and 240Nm that sup a frugal 5.8L/100km, and a bounteous powerful 1.6-litre jactitation 147kW and 300Nm. Both powertrains are matched with either a six-speed reflex or a six-speed manual transmission.

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Within, the 2017 Astra sedan brag European design with an upscale ambience. A large colour touchscreen is coupled to a new-generation IntelliLink infotainment course that supports both Automaton Auto and Apple CarPlay.

On the aegis front, the new Astra sedan is potential to introduce Automatic Emergency Braking, Advance Collision Alert and Active Passage Keep Assist. Expect end view camera and rear common assist to be standard fitment transversely the range.

Full pricing and identification of the 2017 Holden Astra litter will be announced closer to regional launch.