Vauxhall Antara price slashed by nearly £3,000

The SUV was due a facelift for 2011, and Vauxhall has revealed prices of entry-level models will be reduced despite upgrades to the exterior, interior and engines available with the model.

A price of £19,995 for an entry-level model comes in at nearly £3,000 less than the previous lowest-priced Antara.

However, this will be a front-wheel drive only, and is not expected to be the best selling model in the range, something a four-wheel drive model will invariably achieve.

The most noticeable visual changes include a new front grille in keeping with other new models such as the Meriva MPV, and the new Griffin logo.

Higher specification models (from SE upwards) will feature 19" alloy wheels and front fog lights finished with chrome highlights.

Inside, subtle changes to the interior lighting and instrument console are the only visible differences from older models, but the Antara does come with a hill assist system and electric parking brake to aid drivers.

For the 2011 update, Vauxhall was forced to replace several of the engines available in the Antara to comply with new Euro5 engine legislation from January 2011.

This means a new 2.2-litre CDTI turbodiesel producing 163PS or 184PS. The former is the engine offered with the lowest-priced Antara and comes with a six-speed transmission.

However, all-wheel drive models and a six-speed auto gearbox are also offered with the less powerful diesel, which will offer the lowest emissions in the range.

The more powerful 184PS engine will be available only as an all-wheel drive vehicle, but the choice of manual or automatic gearbox will remain.

All versions will receive a new chassis to try and challenge the Ford Kuga’s famed road-going ability, while revised spring and damper settings help on- and off-road driving dynamics.

“At less than £20k, the new Vauxhall Antara is set to be highly competitive in today’s SUV market," said Peter Hope, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director. "Its lower emissions, higher output diesel engines and refreshed design will offer renewed appeal to both retail and fleet customers."