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Holden Astra sedan 2017 pricing and spec confirmed

Following the demise of the locally-built Cruze, Holden has moved to rename its imported replacement the Astra sedan.

Holden Australia has announced pricing and specification details for the Astra sedan, which will kick off from $20,490 before on-road costs (BOC) for the manual LS when the range goes on sale in July.

The four-tier line-up is powered exclusively by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 110kW of power and 245Nm of torque.

A six-speed automatic transmission is paired with this powerplant and available across all variants, while the entry-level LS is the only model grade to offer a six-speed manual gearbox.

Opening the line-up, the LS offers a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and cruise control.

The Astra sedan is currently offered with drive-away pricing, set at either $21,990 (manual) or $23,990 (automatic) for the LS.

For an additional $1000 BOC over the aforementioned manual version, buyers can pick up an automatic LS. Furthermore, the Astra sedan is currently offered with drive-away pricing, set at either $21,990 (manual) or $23,990 (automatic) for the LS.

Stepping up to the LS+ will also net customers lane-keep assist, forward collision warning, projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), leather steering wheel and high-beam assist. The LS+ costs either $22,740 BOC or $24,990 drive-away.

Meanwhile, the higher-spec LT is priced from $25,790 BOC or $27,990 drive-away. It further adds 17-inch rims, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and start, parking assistant, 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, digital radio, heated side mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, bootlid lip spoiler and remote start.

Topping the range is the LTZ – starting at $29,790 BOC – with its equipment levels extending to 18-inch alloys, electric sunroof, heated leather-appointed seats, single-zone climate control and chrome exterior highlights. Drive-away pricing for the LTZ is available on Holden's website.

Capped-price servicing for the lifetime of the vehicle is also included, with maintenance intervals starting at $229.

Standard paint colours include 'Summit White' and 'Absolute Red', while the optional prestige hues on offer for $550 are 'Gasoline', 'Old Blue Eyes', 'Nitrate Silver', 'Satin Steel Grey' and 'Phantom Black'

Capped-price servicing for the lifetime of the vehicle is also included, with maintenance intervals starting at $229. Furthermore, the first three years/60,000km of service costs will total $916 only.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) revealed earlier this month that the Astra sedan has been awarded a five-star safety rating, which comes despite the line-up's lack of auto emergency braking (AEB).

As previously reported, Holden engineers have been busy tuning the Astra sedan's suspension, chassis and steering in the lead up to its July launch, with over 100,000km of testing conducted on Aussie roads.

With the locally-built Cruze sedan ending production at the Elizabeth plant in October last year, the South Korean-made Astra sedan arrives as its imported replacement. Australia will be the only market in the world to use this nameplate given its storied history as Holden's local small car.

In November last year, the brand reintroduced the European-sourced Astra hatch as the successor for the then just-departed Cruze hatch, with model sales steadily increasing since its return.

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