Vauxhall reveals new GTC Paris conceptIs this what the three-door Astra will look like?
11 September 2010
Vauxhall has revealed a new GTC Paris concept ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show on 30 September – and it strongly suggests what the next Astra three-door hatchback will look like.
The GTC Paris is 4.46 metres in length, and apparently has 'ample interior space for five.
As with the previous generation three-door Astra Sport Hatch, it has a distinctly coupé-like profile – combined with sharp crease lines and a modern look that still manages to clearly identify the car with latest Vauxhall line-up.
GTC Paris looks appealing
The rear wheel arches are slightly reminiscent of the Seat Ibiza, and the roofline is accentuated by brushed aluminium trimming – like the Audi A1 – but the bonnet’s centre crease reflects Vauxhall tradition, and the sweeping curve behind the front wheel arch is all Vauxhall Insignia.
LED daytime running lights with chrome surrounds mark the front of the car while LED taillights form a ‘stretched wing’ signature at night. The rear also features an integrated spoiler.
Overall the GTC Paris is a very appealing looking car. Even if the regular three-door Astra doesn’t make production exactly like this, we’re sure the more aggressive bodywork elements and enormous 21-inch alloy wheels will reappear on a future VXR hot hatch variant.
Sport Hatch moniker to be dropped?
Vauxhall is also dropping strong hints that production version of the next three-door Astra will be named Astra GTC rather than repeat the current Sport Hatch moniker. Driver-focused dynamics are promised.
Underneath the svelte exterior of the GTC Paris is a reworked version of the latest five-door Astra platform.This is complete with updated FlexRide adaptive suspension and a new electronic limited slip differential operating on the front wheels to improve cornering grip; this is likely similar to the XDS electronics already in use in various Volkswagen Group cars.
Driving the GTC Paris is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine of undisclosed power output and performance. This features direct injection and start-stop technology in order to reduce fuel consumption, and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. More details of the GTC Paris are set for announcement ahead of the Paris Motor Show – Which? will keep you informed.