The unfortunate thing about initial teaser releases is that they typically don’t contain much in the way of detail, and so it is the case with the new Vauxhall Astra. What we do know is that it’ll be based on the EMP2 platform which also underpins the Peugeot 308 PHEV.
This suggests there will not be a fully-electric Astra-e, despite the common powertrain which debuted in the Vauxhall Corsa-e and has since found its way into the Mokka-e and various other Stellantis group cars. It's a certainty (given the EMP2's setup as a PHEV-ready platform) that the Astra will follow the Peugeot 308 in being a PHEV only.
We also now know that the new Astra will get the brand’s new styling, including the Vauxhall Visor which debuted on the new Mokka – a car that we branded “bold, with unique styling inside and out”, and is being led by British Design Vice-President Mark Adams, with his team working on a five-door hatch and a sports tourer estate. If the latter came in EV form, it’d join a niche segment alongside the MG 5, but one which we think could be a big growth area in the near-future.
It’ll be familiar to anyone who’s clapped eyes on the new Mokka, with ultra-slim LED headlamps in their new signature shape as part of the ‘Vauxhall Visor’ design, while the rear has the ‘Astra’ name in individual characters across the hatch surface.
Inside, the familiarity with the Mokka continues thanks to the inclusion of Vauxhall’s ‘Pure Panel’ fully glazed displays, both of which are orientated towards the driver. Buttons and switches are reduced in number compared to previous generation cars whilst Vauxhall is upping the quality of the materials used. We were taken by the level of kit available on the Mokka-e and we’re expecting that this will be carried over to the Astra.
The all-new Astra-e will go on sale after the PHEV versions, with the first cars expecting to hit the road from 2023 onwards as part of Vauxhall’s push to electrify its entire range by 2024.
Unfortunately, this is all we know for now, but we’ll update you as soon as we know more.