While VW Group’s Octavia, Golf, Leon bunched trifecta has been thoroughly adapted for 2020 forth with the Renault Megane, added European rivals are backward behind. Thankfully, 2021 will be the year aback the all-new Peugeot 308 will be launched, and for the aboriginal time ever, it’s activity to be mechanically accompanying to the Vauxhall / Opel Astra.
The Astra will about-face to the PSA Group’s EMP2 belvedere per an official advertisement fabricated aback in June aftermost year. A new address from Autocar claims to afford ablaze on the five-door hatchback, which will already afresh be bogus in Germany at home in Rüsselsheim. Opel’s Vice President of Architecture told the British advertisement the revamped Astra will be aloof as adventurous as the 2021 Mokka:
“What [the new Mokka] is to this segment, that car [the Astra] will be to its segment. The aggressiveness and the key elements [of the Mokka] will be advancing through. We’re not activity to booty the aforementioned architecture and morph it into a altered shape. We’ll booty the aforementioned capacity and advance it about them.”
Much like the Vauxhall Corsa looks annihilation like the Peugeot 208, their bigger brothers will be visually differentiated central and out admitting administration best of the innards. Autocar alone talks about the hatchback, but we’re befitting our fingers beyond there will be a added applied acreage as able-bodied to account Vauxhall’s long-roof tradition.
While three- and four-cylinder petrol and agent engines will represent the aliment and butter, two constituent amalgam powertrains are expected. According to the aforementioned report, the added almighty of the two PHEVs will be aloof for a range-topping Astra VXR / OPC with the arrangement affiliated from the Grandland X Plug-In Hybrid4.
If Autocar’s affirmation is correct, it agency the hot bear will accept all-wheel drive and a accumulated achievement of 296 bhp and 450 Newton-metres (332 pound-feet) of torque. Provided the Astra VXR will accept an identical PHEV setup, it should be quicker than the crossover acknowledgment to a lower weight. As a refresher, the electrified Grandland X does the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) dart in 6.5 abnormal and maxes out at 136 mph (219 km/h).
Should the Astra VXR accede the Grandland X Plug-In Hybrid’s hardware, it agency it will utilise a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, bifold electric motors, and possibly the aforementioned eight-speed automated transmission. The crossover has a 13.2-kWh array acceptable for 31 afar (50 kilometres) of electric range, but the hatchback’s lower weight and bigger aerodynamics could alleviate a few added miles.
It’s cryptic whether the VXR will be accessible from day one alongside the approved Astra, although argumentation tells us Vauxhall will delay a bit afore introducing the icing on the cake. Also from the PSA Group, we’re assured an electrified 308 PSE to alter the GTi.