Next-generation Vauxhall Astra to be electrified

Published: 17 March 2021

► New Astra hatch on the way
► EMP2 platform means ICE and PHEV
► We’ll see it later in 2021

The next Vauxhall Astra hatch has been spotted testing in Germany, wearing a rather fetching camouflage.

Vauxhall’s new family-hatch rival to the Ford Focus and VW Golf is twinned with the new Peugeot 308 and the DS 4.

Few details are out there, but we expect the new Astra to carry forward the new Vizor panel at the front, just like the new Mokka and Crossland. The Vizor is essentially the new face of Vauxhall – a black panel with LED lighting, sensors and radar incorporated into one area to keep the front-end design clean.

vauxhall astra spy shot rear

Inside, expect to see plenty of Groupe PSA (now Stellantis) parts sharing with DS, Peugeot and Citroën. We could also see a carryover of Vauxhall-Opel design chief Mark Adams’ ‘Pure Panel’ interior design first seen on the new Mokka, with cleanly laid-out controls and two large screens – one digital instrument cluster and another central infotainment display mated together in a single flat area.

While unconfirmed, it’s almost a guarantee that the new Astra will use the EMP2 platform under the skin for petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto.

Expect to see the new Vauxhall Astra from summer 2021 onwards, with the first UK examples arriving at the start of 2022.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches