Vauxhall launches new Astra Sports Tourer
Vauxhall has officially revealed the new Astra Sports Tourer - the estate version of the manufacturer's well-known hatchback.
The Sports Tourer adds increased practicality to the Astra range by increasing load length and boot space. With the rear seats folded flat the car has a maximum load capacity of 1550 litres - making it more capacious than the estate versions of both the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf.
Vauxhall is also keen to highlight the Sports Tourer's status as a homegrown product. The car's design is the work of a British-led team, the new upper body structure was engineered in Bedfordshire and the Astra estate will be built at the manufacturer's plant in Cheshire.
As well as the extra practicality afforded by its new shape, the Sports Tourer gets Vauxhall's FlexFold seating system that allows each section of the rear seats to be lowered at the touch of a button.
While buyers will have to wait for the low-emissions Ecoflex model, there's the choice of five engines from launch.
The three petrol units are a 99bhp 1.4-litre, a 113bhp 1.6-litre and, at the top of the range, a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine developing 138bhp.
The two diesel lumps will be a 1.7-litre engine producing either 108bhp or 123bhp and a 158bhp 2.0-litre. When it goes on sale the Ecoflex will get a new version of Vauxhall's 94bhp 1.3-litre CDTI unit.
Underneath, the Sports Tourer gets the same chassis as its hatchback sibling, but the manufacturer has tweaked the suspension settings to cope with the heavy loads customers are expected to carry.
The new Astra model will be available to order from October.