What we have here are reported to be official renderings from General Motors of the next-generation Vauxhall Astra line, including the hatchback, sporthatch and the Estate. Due out in Europe as a 2010 model, the redesigned Astra will feature many design cues from the well received mid-size Insignia, including swept back headlamps, concave surfacing and a more soft appearance than the all-angles current Astra.
The sporthatch model also appears to have shape shifted from its current form as a hatchback to a coupe (sportcoupe?). The profile of the Estate model, meanwhile, gets some extra rear overhang versus the five-door hatch and a forward-tilting D-pillar.
The model will reach the US, too, wearing a Saturn badge. Diesel isn’t so popular there, but the car’s close relationship with the Volt means a hybrid petrol drivetrain will be available for the first time. A FlexFuel bio ethanol model will be offered as well.
In Europe, though, small-capacity turbocharged petrol and diesel powerplants will account for the vast majority of sales. And sitting at the top of the new Astra range will be a 250bhp 2.0-litre turbo VXR version, complete with four-wheel drive.
The rest of the line-up is front-wheel drive, although engineers have developed a new multi-link independ ent rear suspension set-up. That should ensure the Vauxhall delivers handling to match the class-leading Focus. Expect to see the first concept car previewing the new Astra at a major motor show in 2009.