European-sourced Holden Astras arrive in Aussie showrooms.
Holden has released Australian pricing and specifications for its new European-sourced Astra hatch range.
The current-gen Astra was previously sold under the Opel banner, but since the Euro brand's demise in Australia Holden has been working to bring back the Astra.
For now we're only getting the three-door GTC and VXR sports models, keeping the Australian-built four-door Cruze as the practical option.
Priced from $26,990, the base Astra packs a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine developing 147kW/280Nm when equipped with the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
An automatic version is available from $29,190, but the self-shifter is less powerful rated at 125kW/260Nm.
The VXR performer rides on 20-inch alloy wheels which hide upgraded front and rear cross-drilled brake discs.
Standard features on the Astra GTC include sports seats, MyLink infotainment system with integrated satnav, 18-inch alloys, auto headlights and wipers and Bluetooth phone and audio.
Stepping up to the $29,990 Astra GTC Sport manual brings 19-inch alloys, LED taillights, leather trimmed eight-way adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, sports body kit and electric park brake.
The GTC Sport automatic is available from $32,190 and is no more powerful than the standard GTC.
The range-topping Astra VXR performer is priced from $39,990 and is powered by a 206kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Power goes through the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic version is not available.
As standard, the VXR is equipped with three-mode adaptive dampers which include Standard, Sport and VXR settings, each giving a firmer ride.
The VXR also rides on 20-inch alloy wheels which hide upgraded front and rear cross-drilled brake discs – the fronts clamped by Brembo calipers.
Inside the Astra hot hatch boasts sports seats, VXR alloy pedals and a VXR steering wheel on top of the features already standard on the lesser GTC Sport model.
Apart from the badges, the Holden Astras are essentially identical to the cars Opel sold during its time in Australia, however they're now significantly less expensive as Holdens.
The GTC is around $2000 less than its Opel equivalent, the GTC Sport a whopping $4000 cheaper and the VXR is $3000 less.
The Holden Astra range will go on sale nationally May 4.