VAUXHALL has unveiled the estate version of its new Astra hatchback and the newcomer will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain right from launch, making it the British carmaker's first electrified estate.
The Astra Sports Tourer will be available with plug-in hybrid technology that produces up to a combined 223bhp. In addition to plug-in hybrid versions, the Astra Sports Tourer will be available with petrol and diesel engines. Power ranges from 108bhp to 128bhp across the petrol and diesel variants. A six-speed gearbox is standard on the petrol and diesel power units, while plug-in hybrid variants come standard with Vauxhall's eight-speed automatic.
Measuring 4,642mm long, 1,860mm wide and 1,480mm tall, and with a loading height of 600mm, the new Astra Sports Tourer is actually 60mm shorter than the previous generation Astra Tourer, thanks to the short front overhang, and features a 57mm longer wheelbase compared to the All-new Astra hatchback, at 2,732mm.
The boot of the Astra Sports Tourer provides up to 608 litres of useful storage space with the rear seats upright, and up to 1,634 litres when folded. In addition, when the 40:20:40-split rear seats are folded, the floor is completely flat - making it easier to load long and bulky items.
Even with its underfloor lithium-ion battery, the plug-in hybrid variant offers cargo volumes of 548litres and 1,574litres respectively.
Petrol and diesel variants of the Astra Sports Tourer can be specified with the optional "Intelli-Space" feature. This moveable load floor can be easily adjusted with one hand to high and low positions and tilted at a 45-degree angle.
In addition, the retractable boot storage cover can be stowed when the moveable floor is in both the upper as well as the lower position - in contrast to competitors, says Vauxhall, that only allow stowage of the cover when the floor is in the upper position.
The Astra Sports Tourer with "Intelli-Space" can also make life easier in the event of a flat tyre. The kits for tyre repair and first aid are stored in underfloor compartments that can be accessed from the boot or rear passenger seating area. This means that the kits can be reached without needing to fully unpack the boot.
Vauxhall will open the order books for the All-new Astra Sports Tourer early next year. The first customers will take delivery of their cars in early summer 2022.