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Facelift for Astra, new diesel engine for GTC

  • Stylish GTC gets powerful yet cheap to run diesel
  • Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer facelifted for 2012
  • Changes are mainly cosmetic, raft of new options

Vauxhall has announced a new high-powered diesel engine for the stylish Astra GTC along with a facelift for its Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer

The Astra GTC gets a powerful 2.0-litre ‘BiTurbo’ diesel engine, which makes it the fastest non-VXR GTC in the range. With 192bhp and 400Nm of pulling power available, it will go from 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 139mph.

Despite the improved performance, the GTC BiTurbo also boasts impressive running costs. It’s diesel engine features stop/start, which helps it return 53.3mpg on the combined cycle. It also emits just 139g/km CO2, placing it in the 21% company car tax band. With a P11d value of £23,000 this means it’ll cost you £161 per month on the 40% pay scale.

As well as the new engine, the BiTurbo GTC gets new 18-inch alloys, climate control, 6mm lower ride-height, a new body kit, a new interior trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Meanwhile the standard Astra and its estate derivative gets a number of updates that are mainly cosmetic. There’s a new grille, indicator and fog lamp design (where fitted), and a redesigned rear panel design featuring chrome detailing.

There’s also a range of new optional extras available for the Hatch and Sports Tourer Astras. These include a Rear View Camera Pack, Winter Pack (heated front seats and steering wheel), LED daytime running lights and a trio of new colours. The DAB radio system has also been upgraded to DMB specification for better performance.

Pricing remains unchanged against the previous model.

All new Astra models, including the GTC, now come with a number of new optional extras. These include the £750 Driver Assistance Pack, which adds features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Following Distance Indicator.