The Holden Astra five-door hatch will be making a comeback in late 2016, with the company confirming it will bring the all-new Astra to our shores by the end of next year as a fresh-faced entrant in the ultra-competitive small hatch segment.
Holden also confirmed that the new Astra five-door will be an all-turbo affair, with two turbocharged petrol engines - a 1.4 litre and a 1.6 litre - to be offered in Australia. The 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.6 diesel will be staying behind in Europe.
The announcement was made as the 11th-generation Opel Astra (which will be rebadged as a Holden) made its motor show debut at Frankfurt, with Holden's Executive Director of Sales Peter Keley confident it would resonate with buyers.
"The all-new Astra is a world class car," he said.
"Its ability to combine outstanding fuel economy with exceptional small car performance and connectivity features will put Holden back on buyers' shopping lists."
Compared to the previous-generation Astra five-door, which was sold here wearing Opel badges between mid-2012 and mid-2013, the new Astra is slightly smaller and weighs around 130kg less yet boasts more rear legroom and standard equipment.
And while the two-engine lineup sounds very similar (the last Astra was also sold with 1.4 and 1.6 litre turbo four-pots), power outputs are greatly improved.
The old 1.4 turbo made 103kW and 200Nm, while the 2016 Astra's all-new direct-injected 1.4 turbo will make 114kW and 240Nm.
The new 1.6 turbo is a development of the old Astra's motor, but power is up 15kW and torque rises by 70Nm to give the Astra 1.6 a very handy 147kW and 300Nm output.
Holden's input was also sought during the new Astra's development, with the company confident that its incoming small hatch will deliver rock-slid handling and a comfortable ride on local roads.
Though precise specifications are still TBC, Holden also promises the Astra five-door range will deliver on the connectivity front too, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring confirmed for the range.
“More and more Australian drivers demand their cars to integrate seamlessly with their lives and their smartphones and key to Astra’s appeal is the advanced infotainment system, complete with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility," Keley said.
"With all of that in one package, we are confident that this vehicle will connect with customers and sitting next to the popular Astra GTC and VXR sports hatches, clearly indicates the quality of Holden’s future product range."
The Astra Wagon, which also made its debut at Frankfurt today, is not in Holden's product plan.
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