Paris motor show: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer
Vauxhall has officially revealed the new Astra Sports Tourer at the Paris motor show.
The Sports Tourer is the estate version of the Astra hatch which was launched last year and marked a change in style direction for the manufacturer.
The new car adds increased practicality to the Astra range by increasing load length and boot space. With the rear seats down there is a maximum load capacity of 1550 litres - bigger 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 are five engines on offer from launch – three petrols and two diesels.
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 car model will be available to order from next month.