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Vauxhall to boost Astra range

Vauxhall to boost Astra range

Vauxhall is set to improve its Astra range by adding two more high-performance diesels to its current offering, the manufacturer has revealed.

After the unveiling of the GTC BiTurbo, Vauxhall is adding the new 2.0 diesels, which feature 195PS and 400 Nm torque, to its Astra range.

The Astra BiTurbo 5-door Hatch and the Sports Tourer - the latter of which becomes the most powerful estate in its class - each offer excellent performance, high levels of practicality and impressive frugality, the company claims

Each model has a top speed in excess of 135mph and can achieve 0-60mph in less than eight seconds, though Vauxhall says the boost in performance does not compromise economy, with low CO2 emissions of 134g/km and a combined 55.4mpg and each car benefiting from Start/Stop technology.

Currently, twin turbo technology in this class is uncommon, yet the Astra uses a sequential turbocharging system, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower speeds, in order to eliminate lag and provide 320Nm of torque from 1,250rpm.

The new cars will be built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire and will adopt the recent style update present across the Astra range.

"The aggressive new look includes a revised front grille, new front indicators and fog lamps, and refreshed rear-panel styling. Both BiTurbo models come with an array of unique features including 18-inch alloy wheels, twin rear exhausts, exterior styling pack and alloy sports pedals," Vauxhall explains.

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