European automakers offer some tempting hot hatches, but the stark reality of gas prices that are even higher across the pond than they are here in the United States dictates that most buyers are opting for diesels. Vauxhall is here to say, however, that it doesn't have to be one or the other.

Slotting in below its VXR performance range is a new turbodiesel Astra, packing a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel four with 195 horsepower and a whopping 295 lb-ft of torque. The sequential twin-turbo oil-burner is the same as Vauxhall offers in the larger Insignia, but in the smaller hatchback, all that twist helps the Astra GTC BiTurbo run from 0 to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds en route to a 139 mph top speed, all the while returning 53.3 miles per gallon on the European combined cycle - thanks in part to the standard stop/start system.

The new engine option is being launched together with a styling update to both the hatchback and Sports Tourer wagon versions of the Astra. The revision includes a new front grille, bumper and lamps, as well as a reshaped tail. A front camera system is also on offer to help keep that new chin clear of curbs, all of which you can read more about in the press release below and scope out in the high-resolution image gallery above.
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NEW-LOOK ASTRA AND HOT GTC DIESEL JOIN VAUXHALL'S RANKS
2012-06-15

- Brit-built Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer get new, bold look
- New GTC BiTurbo diesel becomes most powerful non-VXR Astra model
- All Astras now available with range of new options, including Front Camera System
- Underpins Astra success as best-selling British-built car in UK

Luton – These are the first official pictures of the new-look Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer, along with the latest addition to the GTC range, the 195PS BiTurbo diesel model.

Available to order now, with first deliveries in September, the refreshed design of the Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer – both of which are built at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire – gives the cars a more bold and aggressive appearance. Both body styles get a new front grille, with repositioned logo-bar in the upper section and a re-styled lower section too. New front indicator lamps and a new design of fog lamp (where fitted) complete the front-end revisions.

The rear of both models has also been refreshed, with new rear-panel styling complemented by a chrome lower moulding.

New-look Astra pricing remains unchanged from the previous model.

Also available to order from today is the Astra GTC 2.0 CDTiBiTurbo, which will become the most powerful non-VXR model in the range, producing 195PS and 400Nm of torque. And while the extra power and torque give it a healthy lift in performance with 0-60mph arriving in just 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph, the BiTurbo still achieves a combined 53.3mpg and C02 emissions of 139g/km. All BiTurbos receive Vauxhall's Start/Stop system as standard.

Uniquely in this class, the GTC uses a sequential turbocharging system, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower speeds to eliminate 'lag', providing 350Nm of torque from just 1500rpm. In the mid-range, both turbochargers work together providing maximum torque of 400Nm between 1750-2500rpm.

The Astra GTC BiTurbo enters the range at £23,925 – a premium of £995 over the GTC 2.0 CDTi 165PS model – but in addition to extra power and torque, receives: bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, Electronic Climate Control, 6mm lower ride-height, a new body-kit and 'Track' interior trim, with a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel.

Enhancing the appeal of all Astra models still further is the introduction of a raft of options previously unseen in the range. Customers can now order the Driver Assistance Pack, which for £750 includes features like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Following Distance Indicator.

Other new options for the Hatch and Sports Tourer only include a Rear View Camera Pack, Winter Pack (heated steering wheel and seats for £345) and LED daytime running lights (£145). Three new colours – Sculpture Bronze, Phantom Grey and Deep Sky – have also been introduced, while the Astra's standard DAB radio has been upgraded to a DMB (Digital Media Broadcast) system across the range.

As with all Vauxhall passenger cars, Lifetime Warranty is standard, giving first owners the peace of mind of a warranty that literally lasts the car's lifetime, up to a maximum 100,000 miles.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buick absolutely NEEDS this car over here. Drop the diesel option - lets face it, almost no one here would buy it - but offer up that turbo-four available for the Verano that makes about 250 HP.
        BB79826
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        No one would buy it either. I mean, come on, let's be realistic here people. It sucks that we miss out on cars like these, but to say Buick NEEDS this or that the public is DEMANDING this sort of car just couldn't be further from the truth. It ain't pretty, but them's the breaks.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          @ SVX pearlie "In America, sedans always outsell coupes" Nonsense. Our own AutoBlog did a story of that about 2 years ago: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/28/hatchbacks-who-says-americans-dont-buy-em/ The Yaris, Accent, Versa, Impreza, Aveo, SX4 hatches all outsell their sedan counterparts. And reading through that article, there are tons of other cars that are either fairly close, or the hatch sells in high enough volumes that its not an option that carmakers would drop.
          A P
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          Amen to somebody that actually knows the auto industry. America does not want more diesel hatchbacks. The auto blogosphere needs to get over it and itself.
          Travisty
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          It's not the American consumer, it's GM's utter inability to sell these types of cars. We're importing a plethora of hot-hatchbacks into this country (VW, Mazda, MINI, Fiat, Subaru, Nissan, etc), and soon to be Ford (Focus ST, *maybe* Fiesta ST?). VW's selling all the diesels it can get it's hands on, and other auto manufacturers are looking at importing them as well. GM's problem is SOLELY related to GM.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
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          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          Like was posted by Travisty, the US already loves hatchbacks and has for many years now. Even domestic hatches are catching on when they are done right. The Focus and Fiesta are supposed to be selling quite well and I believe they outsell their sedan versions. If Buick released this car with a GOOD marketing campaign and didn't mess it up by dumbing it down for Middle America, then yes, it would sell well. I'm not talking about 200k units a year, but I am saying that it could be Buick's top seller.
      Travisty
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this had been offered as a Saturn I'd probably be driving one right now... 200hp, small lightweight hatchback, diesel and gets something like ~45 (not sure of the conversion) miles per gallon at the US mpg rate. Ford's been having a ton of success at hatchbacks with their Fiesta/Focus, so how about it, GM?
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's ok, they can keep their Astra. I like the stuff GM has here better anyways, like the.. wait. Ok, seriously GM, just filtered your offerings to hatches and wagons and my only choices are the Sonic and CTS wagon. There really isn't any reason why you shouldn't offer these here in the US., especially ones as good looking as these.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      i really hope this comes to America as a rebadged something this looks nice
        turbomonkey2k
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        Yep, but the Government just HAD to shut down Saturn who was selling a VERY unmolested version of the old Astra.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @turbomonkey2k
          Yeah, the big bad Gob'ment shut down Saturn. Not incompetent management that didn't know how to focus all its different brands and thus had a ridiculous amount of overlap. Ummm... sure. :rolleyes:
          • 3 Years Ago
          @turbomonkey2k
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      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man I wish we had this instead of the Verano.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
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        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        This basically is the Verano. They just think there isn't the same kind of market for a hatchback in the US as there is in Europe.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ThomasP
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          Camaroman101
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ThomasP
          thats because there isnt as big of a market for hatches here as in europe.
      Teleny411
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the styling... Wonder if a gas version will become a Buick? I know the Astra didn't work for Saturn. But times they are a-change in
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        I still think the Saturn Astra was one of the best looking Saturns ever. Performed like garbage though from what I remember.
        Hardy Ames
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        The Saturn Astra didn't have enough time before they killed Saturn. It'll definitely be a Buick - good looking one, too!
      Kwijiboz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good looking cars, this and the Insignia. They seem competitive and desirable, so why is GM Europe performing so badly (at least that's what we keep hearing). Also, that 7.8s 0-62, is that a misprint?
        k_m94
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        A very conservative time if it isnt. 200hp in a small car should be in the mid 6 second range, 300lbft shoud mean a bit quicker than that.
          turbomonkey2k
          • 3 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          It's diesel, the revs are a lot lower when it's time to shift. so it's tougher to get a good 0-60 in a 4 cylinder. I'll bet it's got some good grunt for passing though.
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Diesels don't excel at 0-60. In-gear power while you are already rolling though, they've got that in spades.
        GotchaSucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        These cars look nice but they don't perform that well and don't have a great reputation for reliability. That's why they don't sell that well.
        timber
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        There are other brands with competitive and desirable cars. The regular Opel cars (the 5 doors hatches, sedans and vans) also don't look as good as the 3 door Astra... The rest of Opel engines aren't also very impressive. Not even this 195hp engine is very impressive. Several other brands have +200 hp 2 liter biturbo diesels. Particularly among the Insignia competitors.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      That red turbodiesel with the one piece windshield/glass roof is HOT.
      Eddie107
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason it isn't here, is because our government wants us to be dependent on foreign oil. That is why our kids are being sent over seas, to protect the industrialist market. That is why hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered, for the sake of the all mighty dollar. That is why 3 million dollars a day is being sent over seas. That is why they don't want you to know that many european nations have already switched to bio-deisel, and are now free from being oil dependent from the middle east. We could be making all the oil we need to drive these, but our government doesn't want us to.
        Bogbrush
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eddie107
        Sorry eddie but here in europe bio diesel is a miniscule market player, and growing the necessary plants takes away acres of food producing land.. We still depend on oil imports
      Differentberries
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looking car. Good power, too. Nice new cars like this help keep the hope alive.
      Eddie107
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason it isn't here, is because our government wants us to be dependent on foreign oil. That is why our kids are being sent over seas, to protect the industrialist market. That is why hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered, for the sake of the all mighty dollar. That is why 3 million dollars a day is being sent over seas. That is why they don't want you to know that many european nations have already switched to bio-deisel, and are now free from being oil dependent from the middle east. We could be making all the oil we need to drive these, but our government doesn't want us to.
      drbuckles
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Scuderi Engine divides the four strokes of a combustion cycle between two paired cylinders—the left cylinder functions as an air compressor, handling intake and compression, while the right cylinder handles combustion and exhaust. Key to Scuderi’s split-cycle design is that it compresses the air in a separate cylinder before it fires. By optimizing the split-cycle concept, the engine when fully developed will reduce NOx emissions up to 80 percent and improve fuel efficiency by 50 percent, compared to a conventional gasoline engine. The engine requires one crankshaft revolution to complete a single combustion cycle and is projected to have higher torque, thermodynamic efficiency, and lower emissions than possible with today’s engines.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drbuckles
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