New look Vauxhall Antara with lower priceAntara SUV gets improved engines and new chassis
29 November 2010
A facelift brings the Vauxhall Antara's looks bang up to date, and a new diesel engine promises extra power. But the best news of all is that the entry-level Antara costs nearly £3,000 less than before.
Vauxhall Antara: updated outside and in
Like the revised Corsa, it shouldn’t be hard to spot an updated Antara.
At the front there is a bold new grille housing the latest Griffin logo, plus fog lights finished with chrome bezels. Changes to the rear lights are intended to give ‘a more robust appearance’, while SE models now feature 19-inch alloy wheels as standard.
On the inside a redesigned centre console offers extra storage, while new materials, better graphics and changes to lighting are aimed at boosting the impression of quality. Standard equipment upgrades include an electric handbrake, hill-start assist and a ‘shift-up’ indicator to help the driver get better fuel economy.
New diesel engine, revised chassis
Under the bonnet, a new 2.2-litre CDTi turbodiesel promises extra power and lower emissions.
The new diesel will be available in 160bhp and 181bhp guises, with the former offering a choice of front- and four-wheel drive variants, the latter four-wheel drive only. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available, but Vauxhall is yet to release any further performance or efficiency data.
However, we do know that revised dampers and springs are set to offer better dynamics on- and off-road. Like most modern four-wheel drive systems, the Vauxhall Antara’s is adaptive – meaning it switches between two- and four-wheel drive modes on demand, helping to balance grip against fuel economy.
Nearly £3,000 cheaper than before
Perhaps the best news of all about the revised Vauxhall Antara, however, is the price.
The entry-level Exclusiv trim level starts at £19,995 for the front-wheel drive 160bhp version – that’s £2,835 less than the previous base model, despite the increase to 20% VAT.
SE now starts at £24,395, while SE Nav (including satellite navigation) is priced from £27,145 and is available with the 181bhp engine only.
Full technical details and equipment specifications will be announced nearer the on-sale date – but you won’t have to wait too long, since this is slated for some time in December.
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