Vauxhall GTC Paris hints at Astra Sports Hatch

As expected, the car is less an experimental concept and instead is much closer to a production ready version of the car.

This means the 4.46m long, three-door hatch features simple, smooth lines and the ‘blade’ side design also seen on the latest Insignia model.

The aggressive front end features a redesigned grille and Vauxhall’s creased-bonnet seen on earlier models. However, the large 21" alloy wheels, muscular wheel arches and chunky bumpers are expected to be toned down in any future production model.

Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel’s Vice President of Design, has described the GTC Paris as, ‘bold, pure and iconic’ in its appearance, and Vauxhall says it will hint at the manufacturer’s future design direction.

Under the bonnet, the five-seat car houses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with direct petrol injection technology matched with a six-speed manual gearbox. To aid fuel consumption figures, the car will also feature StartStop technology.

The Sports Hatch is the sportier model in the Vauxhall Astra range, currently comprising hatchback and estate models, and as such the suspension has been tuned for performance while an electronic limited slip differential and an adaptive dampening system is included.

Despite the concept appearing at Paris, expect to wait for anything up to 18 months for a production version to be released.

When it does arrive, Vauxhall has hinted the GTC name may be used for the first time in place of Sports Hatch.

The Paris part of the name – expected to be dropped for a production version – refers to the concept car’s debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September, where more details about the GTC will be announced.