Vauxhall/Opel in Europe has/have revealed the facelifted 2020 Astra, introducing newer and more effective powertrain options, while adding tough one technology, and streamlining the planning.
It looks quite just like outgoing version, such as any local Holden Astra and that is essentially a rebadged sort of the Vauxhall and Opel from overseas. The 2020 model showcases a whole new front grille featuring a shutter-based system with the upper and lower grilles. These shutters automatically seal off the intake for better aero efficiency in most conditions.
Some changes are made beneath skin, with new deflectors to the rear axle control arms to support carve via the air, while other parts of the underbody are revised to help boost the drag coefficient and lower turbulence. It seems sensible an aerodynamic rating of 0.26Cd to your hatch, and 0.25Cd to the Sports Tourer wagon.
The European arms read the 2020 Astra will probably be available with new turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, while a CVT automatic replaces the existing six-speed auto with the petrol models. Vauxhall/Opel is/are launching a completely new nine-speed for your diesel options also.
Kicking from the lineup can be a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder with outputs which range from 81kW/195Nm, 96kW/225Nm, and 107kW/225Nm. A 1.4-litre version is applied towards the top of the number, developing 107kW and 236Nm. All 1.2 units feature a six-speed manual as standard, although 1.4 gets the new CVT auto as standard.
For the diesel lineup one can find three different tunes on the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel three-cylinder. Outputs span from 77kW/260Nm, 90kW/300Nm, and 90kW/285Nm. This latter option has an new nine-speed auto, although the other two come built with a six-speed manual as standard.
As you might have noticed there isn’t any more ‘sports’ variant. Within australia the Astra is now offered that has a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol that creates 147kW and 280Nm, matched to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. This can be purchased in the form of the RS-V (review just around the corner).
As for your technology boost, the 2020 Astra introduces an 8.0-inch touch-screen multimedia interface packing sat-nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and real-time traffic and internet based map updates. Additionally, there are some redesigned dash elements by having an updated instrument cluster, digital speedo, and revised symbols. Wireless phone charging, a high-end Bose subwoofer, including a heated windscreen can also be being introduced.
The new model will go for sale in Europe soon. Any Australian arrival is not confirmed, and it is unknown if these new engines will switch the existing 1.4 and 1.6 turbo options that you can buy here.