It's the Chevy Cruze for the Land Down Under.
Developed in Germany, made in South Korea, and with engineering and design input from Australia. That’s how Holden is describing the new-for-2017 Astra Sedan, basically an Aussie version of the Chevy Cruze with a mildly revised front fascia in line with the new Commodore, itself an AU-spec Opel Insignia Grand Sport.
The new Holden Astra Sedan rides on the same global D2 platform as the Astra K hatchback and serves as a replacement in Australia for the Chevy Cruze Sedan. It’s scheduled to go on sale locally in May and will be available with the hatch’s turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine developing 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 180 pound-feet (245 Newton-meters) of torque with the six-speed manual. When the engine is hooked up to the optional six-speed automatic transmission, torque goes down by 3 lb-ft (5 Nm) to 177 lb-ft (240 Nm). Another bad news is the sedan won’t be getting the hatchback’s beefier 1.6-liter turbo unit.
The switch from General Motors’ Delta I platform to Delta II has enabled a significant weight loss of 120 kilograms (264 pounds) that will pay dividends in terms of fuel efficiency and performance, although details about those have not been released. We do know Holden has been fine-tuning the 2017 Astra Sedan to cater the Australian market for more than a year.
Exact pricing is not available at the moment of writing, but Holden through the voice of its managing director Mark Bernhard told Motoring it’s going to be cheaper than the Astra hatchback, which kicks off from $21,990 (that’s Australian dollars) in the base R trim. Buyers will get to pick between 7- or 8-inch infotainment systems benefitting from Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
On the safety side, all Astra sedans are going to come as standard with a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and six airbags. More expensive LT and LTZ trims will add a forward-facing camera bringing along front park assist, forward collision alert, and forward distance indicator. In addition, these higher-spec models will also have lane keep assist, self-park assist, and automatic windscreen wipers.
Holden’s new Astra Sedan is the 13 model out of a total of 24 new products scheduled to be launched locally by the end of the decade.
2017 Holden Astra Sedan
ASTRA SEDAN BOLSTERS HOLDEN’S WORLD-CLASS SMALL-CAR LINE-UP
- Next-generation Astra sedan confirmed for Australian release in May
- Astra sedan born in Germany, manufactured in Korea with design and engineering input from Australia
- Built on same D2 architecture as Astra hatch; based on global Chevrolet Cruze
- Astra sedan promises polished driving manners, great technology and unique GM Australia design and engineering treatment
Holden has announced the next step in its rejuvenated small-car strategy, with confirmation the all-new Astra sedan will launch in 2017. Astra sedan joins Astra hatch and Astra coupe siblings to expand Holden’s world class small-car line-up, giving customers their choice of world-class small car offering.
Utilising the same Delta 2 architecture as the Astra hatch (with GM Europe’s Russelsheim HQ as the homeroom), Astra sedan is a great example of Holden’s ability to handpick the best vehicles for Australia from the GM global portfolio, being the only brand to offer both the Opel-based hatch variant and Chevrolet-based sedan variant in its line-up.
Holden’s Director – Planning and Program Management, Marinos Panayiotou, said Holden is leveraging GM’s global product portfolio and, with Astra sedan, customers have a vehicle that effortlessly blends functionality and comfort, with more than a touch of luxury.
“Last year, Holden committed to launching 24 new products by 2020, and Astra sedan represents the thirteenth of those, joining Astra hatch and Astra coupe to continue building a world-class small car range,” said Mr. Panayiotou.
“Astra sedan is a truly global vehicle, developed in Europe, manufactured in Korea and finished with design elements and significant engineering input from Holden.
“Astra’s luxurious interior is complemented by advanced driver and connectivity technology in addition to progressive exterior styling which, when you add to the hatch variant, gives Holden a strong line-up in the small-car segment.”
Based on the US-designed, Chevrolet Cruze, Holden’s Astra sedan boasts key local input to give this global vehicle a uniquely Australian flavour to appeal to Australian customers.
LOCAL INPUT KEY TO ASTRA SEDAN IDENTITY
Designed in North America, Astra sedan also received bespoke styling treatment from the renowned GM Australia design team, with a sophisticated front grille and fascia to give the Astra range a more cohesive appearance.
“Sharing the same architecture as the Astra hatch, the new Astra Sedan assumes a rational, sophisticated persona to expand on the appeal of the sports styled hatch,” said Mr. Ferlazzo.
“Our Australian designers have styled a unique Holden face with exclusive new front fascia and grille, closely aligning with the next generation Commodore to give a more cohesive look to not Astra, but to the wider Holden product range.”
Astra sedan also benefits from in-depth local engineering carried out at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground to ensure it exhibits the refinement and composure displayed by its sibling, Astra hatch.
Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Peter Keley, said Astra sedan grows Holden’s small-car line-up whilst the move would also simplify Holden’s small-car strategy.
“Whether it’s the world-class sports hatch, stylish coupe or sophisticated sedan, the Astra nameplate communicates European engineering and global design strength a strong reputation for reliability, earned over a 30 year association with Holden,” said Mr. Keley.
“With the addition of Astra sedan, Holden’s small car range is looking stronger than ever, couple that with the recently launched Trax, Colorado and Trailblazer, and our focus on bringing the best new vehicles for our customers is crystal clear.”
Going on sale at the start of February, Trax will be the next vehicle introduced to the Holden range and the latest to demonstrate a renewed focus on in-car technology and stylish design.
With Astra sedan hot on the heels of Trax, it’s clear Holden showrooms are in the midst of a major product overhaul.