The Vauxhall Astra GTC could now be availed with the 1.6 CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ engine, which replaces the 1.7 CDTi. The Astra GTC is the latest Vauxhall model to receive the new engine, which is already available in the Astra, Meriva and Zafira Tourer. The new engine provides up to 136 PS in output and 320 Nm in torque, while still delivering excellent fuel economy.
It is paired with an improved six-speed manual transmission in the Astra GTC. The GTC 1.6 CDTi comes with Start/Stop plus a braking energy recuperation system as standard, allowing it to deliver fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg on the combined cycle and emit 104 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
It is also Euro 6-compliant. The 1.6 CDTi is considered one of the best engines in its class in terms noise and vibration, all thanks to an efficient combustion process with multiple injection and re-designed components, as well as the use of acoustic covers.
Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand, remarked that the new 1.6-liter ‘Whisper Diesel’ engine in the flagship GTC model is a result of significant investment and provides an “exceptional blend of performance, refinement and economy.” The GTC -- available in Sport, Limited Edition and SRi trims – has a starting price of £22,260.
The new Vauxhall Astra GTC features a look unique in the range. With a design mostly staying true to the 2010 GTC Paris concept, the Astra GTC doesn’t share a body panel with either the Astra Hatch or Sports Tourer.
Mark Adams, Vice President of Vauxhall/Opel design, remarked that while they wanted the Astra GTC to serve as the ultimate expression of Vauxhall's design language and the embodiment of their automotive passion, they were careful in making sure that emotion doesn’t deter functionality. After all, the new Astra GTC should still be clever and practical as well as affordable.
The new Astra GTC presents a tension in its shape, thanks to the fact that the lines flowing on the sides have been minimized. The Astra GTC comes with the brand’s signature 'blade,' which essentially is a crisp line that sweeps up from the rocker in front of the door. This blade is similar to that of the Insignia, but flows in the opposite direction to other Astras. A second line runs through the door handle and extends to the rear, while a third line matches the roof's profile.
Up front, the new Astra GTC features sleek 'eagle-eye'-style headlamps -- with wing-shaped daytime running light graphics – as well as a centerline crease. These headlamps flank a dramatic trapezoidal grille that is mounted lower than on other Astras. A chrome emblem bar runs across the grille.
On the rear, the new Astra GTC dons a dynamic shoulder section that lends the car its confident proportions and road presence. Meanwhile, a line from the C-pillar seemingly hugs the tail and the roof-integrated rear spoiler. The tail lamps and their stretched 'wing' motif could be furthered emphasized by availing of the optional LED rear lighting.