Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer announced; will hit stores next year

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Vauxhall has confirmed its Astra Sports Tourer revealing that it will be officially unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The company also added that the car will be hitting its stores next year.

Built at the company’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire, the car will be featuring Vauxhall’s all-new lightweight vehicle architecture while also featuring a new design, powertrains and technology.

The all-new Astra Sports tourer will be available in three different powertrain variants – 1.4-litre (150PS) ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo Diesel; 1.6-litre CDTi Whisper Diesel; and 1.6-litre ECOTEC petrol.

The company added that the depending on the model and trim level that you opt for, the new Astra Sports Tourer is up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to its revamped architecture. The engineering and design team rechecked every component to ensure that the car stays compact and materials are lightweight. The body shell weight alone was reduced by 20 per cent from 357kg to 280kg.

The new car features “Keyless Entry and Start”. A small kicking motion under the rear bumper is enough to open the tailgate. A further kicking motion under the bumper will close the tailgate. If there is an obstacle of some sort, the car’s system is intelligent enough to detect it and stops the mechanism in case of an emergency. The tailgate can still be opened by a switch on the driver’s side of the car or via the key’s remote control.

With more and more manufacturers offering different means of connectivity options in the car, Vauxhall too is jumping the bandwagon. The Astra Sports Tourer also features OnStar, that includes high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery alert.

The car also packs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available through a new version of the IntelliLink infotainment system.