The new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will start from £16,575, more than £500 less than the current Estate version of the popular small family car.
The lower price does not reflect reduced equipment levels on the newer model, says Vauxhall, and the GM-owned manufacturer has added air conditioning and curtain airbags to the standard specification.
Safety technology such as Electronic Stability Control, an Electronic Parking Brake and active safety front head rests has also been added to the package.
Vauxhall will offer the Astra Sports Tourer in ES, Exclusive, SE and SRI trim levels, with five engines comprising two petrol and three diesel units.
All of the engines will offer improvements in power and CO2 emissions from the older estate with the biggest improvements coming in the entry-level ES model, where power is increased by 10PS to 100PS and emissions drop to just under 140g/km.
Moving up the range, the 1.6i 16v petrol engine delivering 115PS starts from £17,270 in ES trim levels.
Diesel options include an entry-level 1.7 CDTi 110PS starting from £18,665 and a the range-topping 2.0CDTi available in SE and SRI trim levels only priced from £23,085.
Finally, Vauxhall’s low-CO2 ecoFLEX signature is available in the form of a 1.3CDTi 90PS ecoFLEX unit offering emissions as low as 109g/km in the entry-level ES model. Prices for the ecoFLEX range start from £18,270.
The Astra Sports Tourer will be built alongside the Astra hatchback but will cost nearly £1,000 more than the five-door family car. However, with the help of the 60:40 Flexfold seat folding system, the Sports Tourer has a large boot area of 500 litres compared to the hatchback’s 470 litres.
The Vauxhall Astra was the best-selling British model in the month of June and the new Astra Sports Tourer is expected to make up ten per cent of all future sales when it arrives in UK showrooms later this year.
Before it is released, the Sports Tourer will appear at the Paris Motor Show for its world debut.