From the first details that have been released about Opel/Vauxhall’s facelifted Antara, it’s notable that it has taken a price cut. In fact, its entry-level version is priced lower than £20,000. The SUV received a new front grille (which even has Opel/Vauxhall’s revised badge), new fog lights (with chrome bezels on SE models), new 19in alloy wheels, and its tail-lights have been modified as well.
Changes were made to the engine lineup of the Antara. Vauxhall added a 2.2-liter turbodiesel with either 161bhp or 181bhp. The lower-powered option is offered with either front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, or four-wheel drive with either a manual or an automatic.
Meanwhile, the 181bhp unit features four-wheel drive only, and it offers the same choice of transmissions. Vauxhall has not yet released the figures; but it claims that its fuel economy rating has been improved and CO2 emissions level has been lowered.
Tweaks were made to the Antara’s chassis set-up, with new spring and damper settings developed to improve on and off-road behavior.
For its interior, the Antara received a new centre console with more storage and modified materials. The Antara also got new features, including a standard electric parking brake, Hill Assist and a gearshift indicator to boost fuel economy.
But what makes this revamp truly amazing is that the 2.2-litre, front-drive Exclusiv entry-level model has a starting price of £19,995, nearly £3000 less than the base variant of the previous model year. It is priced even lower than the Chevrolet Captiva (Antara’s sister vehicle). Its 2.0 diesel models are priced from £20,595.