Frankfurt Motor Show: Vauxhall Astra detailsVauxhall announces smaller engines for new Astra

27 August 2009

New Vauxhall Astra

New Astra will have smaller engines

The all-new Vauxhall Astra is set to make its public debut at the next month. Now we have details of the engine line-up.

Vauxhall is describing the new Astra’s engine range as ‘downsized’ - meaning smaller, more efficient, but not necessarily less powerful. The largest of the lot is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel; other diesels are 1.3 and 1.7 litres in capacity - while the petrol offerings are initially limited to 1.4- and 1.6-litre units, some of which are turbocharged.

All-new Astra 1.4-turbo petrol

Power output for the petrol engines stretch from 84bhp to 177bhp. A highlight here is the all-new 1.4-litre turbo. This produces 138bhp, and replaces the current naturally aspirated 1.8, providing as much power, 15% more torque (pulling power), and lower emissions.

The diesel selection offers between 94bhp and 157bhp. But more significantly, with all the engines featuring the latest ‘common rail’ injection, none of them emit more than 129g/km CO2 (when fitted with the standard manual gearbox).

10% more efficient

New Vauxhall Astra for Frankfurt

New Astra has smooth lines

All of the new Astra’s engines meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards. Overall, the new car reduces CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by around 10% compared to the current model. An ecoFLEX model will follow later, promising to emit a low 109g/km CO2.

Still no word on pricing for the new Vauxhall Astra, but we expect this to be revealed at or near to the Frankfurt show in September.

Insignia ecoFLEX estate launched

In other Vauxhall news, the company has announced an ecoFLEX version of the .

Powered by a 2.0-litre 157bhp turbodiesel, this emits 139g/km CO2, and officially returns 53.7mpg combined. This is a 12.3% improvement over the 47.1mpg figure for regular Insignia Sport Tourers fitted with this engine.

Aerodynamics play a major part in achieving these improvements, though the gearing, suspension and have also been modified; the ecoFLEX still manages 0-60mph in 9.3 seconds, and a top speed of 134mph.

Available in Exclusiv, S SE and Elite Nav trim levels, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer ecoFLEX costs from £21,515.

It can, of course, still pack in 540-1,530 litres of luggage.

Which? at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Don't forget to come back on 15/16 September for our coverage of the , including video, news and photos direct from the show floor. We'll bring our full first impressions of the new Astra then. For official show details, visit

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