Vauxhall/Opel has revealed a pair of new EVs, the All-New Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric, ahead of their UK and Europe launch in 2023. The new Astra Electric is the latest EV from Vauxhall/Opel and, with the Astra Sports Tourer electric, works to expand the OEM’s powertrain offering to a wider consumer base. At launch, it will sit alongside its advanced PHEVs and sporty GSe electrified variants, while increasing the number of passenger EVs in Vauxhall/Opel’s line-up to six.
Both the All-New Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric share the same electric powertrain based on a 114-kW (156 hp) electric motor producing 270 Nm of torque, and a 54-kWh battery. This setup provides users with an estimated range of 258 miles (415 km) from a single charge and a top speed of 105 mph (168 km/h).
Made up of 102 battery cells housed inside 17 modules, the battery requires 12.7 kWh of electricity to cover 62 miles. While targeted at everyday use, three driving modes are offered to drivers: Eco, Normal, and Sport. In line with other EVs from the Vauxhall/Opel range, the new Astra Electric supports DC rapid charging at up to 100 kW – allowing for 80% of the battery to be replenished in 30 minutes. While statistics for its AC charging capabilities have not yet been provided, the OEM confirmed that all new Astra Electric models will come standard with a three-phase 11kW AC onboard charger from launch. With the charger, owners will be able to charge their EV using a wallbox at home.
Inside, both models offer a range of technologies, driver aids, and safety features. A pair of 10-inch screens – a digital instrument cluster and central display – spearhead the infotainment system, while the latest HMI generation displays key vehicle information, such as the vehicle’s battery or range status. Physical controls are retained for the climate control, which is adjusted through a dedicated button.
Further convenience features include a Intelli-HUD display unit, and a natural voice recognition feature that works to minimize driver distraction. Safety features are provided in a package of ADAS, including front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane keeping assist, drowsiness detection, as well as rear cross alert to protect both vehicle occupants and other road users.
Ordering for the All-New Astra Electric will open in early 2023 with deliveries anticipated from June 2023. Orders for the Astra Sports Tourer Electric model will open in summer 2023, with deliveries commencing later in the year. Vauxhall/Opel will reveal a pricing breakdown and a full set of specifications for both models closer to the start of sales.