New Vauxhall Astra GTC revealed

Loosely based on the Vauxhall Astra, the GTC version retains the three-door configuration and coupe-like shape of the concept car it was based on.

Designed to replace the sporty Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch, the GTC features the ‘blade’ design down the flanks first used in the Insignia, and much of the new-look Vauxhall nose used on the new Corsa is replicated in the latest Vauxhall model.

However, the grille is new and LED running lights with chrome highlights have been added to the Astra GTC.

The rear end features a low roofline and muscular, bulging rear end. The design and style of the car is clearly targeting the likes of the Renault Megane Coupe and VW Scirocco.

Vauxhall promises ‘the very best of Vauxhall technology’ in the new car, and this is expected to mirror the 2.0-litre turbocharged direct petrol engine used in the concept car.

Fuel saving technology such as Start/Stop is expected to be used to reduce fuel consumption, but the emphasis is expected to fall onto performance and luxury inside in a full production model.

Vauxhall says it will seat five with ease, and has worked on the chassis as it aims to produce a class-leading ride.

The newest body style in the British-built Vauxhall Astra line up will be revealed in the metal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year before arriving in the UK shortly afterwards.

Vauxhall has showcased the car in two new images in a ‘virtual city’ landscape, but details of specification and prices will only be unveiled closer to the launch of the car.

Order books will open as early as July, but the first deliveries will begin late in the autumn.