New Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer unveiled

The first pictures of the second body style in the Astra range have been released ahead of an unspecified launch date later this year.

The new Sports Tourer has a bigger storage space and longer maximum load length than the current Astra Estate. Storage space in the cabin is increased by 50 per cent to 75 litres and load volume has been increased by 30 litres to 500.

This extends to a cavernous 1550 litres with the 60:40 split-fold rear seats down. This can now be done at the press of a button via Vauxhall’s new FlexFold feature.

Designed specifically for UK roads and built alongside the hatch at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, the Sport Tourer is expected to boost sales of the Astra range, which have reached an impressive 28,000 since the hatch was released in December 2009.

The Sports Tourer shares the ‘blades’ design down the sides, bespoke steering settings and adaptive forward lighting technology used in the hatch.

Vauxhall’s FlexRide adaptive suspension, a system capable of adapts throttle and steering responses to driving style, is an option on the Astra Sports Tourer.

Vauxhall will offer six engines from launch, consisting of three petrol and three diesel units. The petrol options comprise a 1.4i 100PS and 1.6i 115PS ECOTEC-4 engines and a 1.4i Turbo producing 140PS.

The choice of diesel includes two 1.7-litre CDTis in 11 or 125PS variations and a 2.0 CDTi producing 160PS.

The Astra Sports Tourer will also be given Vauxhall’s ecoFLEX treatment after launch. A 1.3 CDTi 95PS engine with diesel particulate filter and Start/Stop technology will be the most frugal and cleanest engine in the range.

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October but the car will be available to order from next month.