The D-segment estate was facing stiff competition from the smaller Astra Sports Tourer, which is cheaper, nearly as versatile and recently got new engines.
The styling changes are minor, but the revamped Astra gets an all-new, PSA-derived engine lineup that should help it keep up with its rivals.
Opel / Vauxhall unveiled its fifth-generation Astra model at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015.
The small building on wheels started life as a Volkswagen Passat and is powered by an Audi RS4 V8 engine.
Opel is playing on its home ground on this one, so it’s only natural to go with all guns blazing as it’s making its comeback.
Honda is leaving, Vauxhall may built the Astra elsewhere, and the rest of the industry is anticipating hard times in case of a no-deal Brexit.
And the fugliest car of the month title goes to: the Audi R8-wannabe Opel Astra.
The facelifted Astra will go on sale on August 1 in seven grades, priced at £18,885 OTR.
PSA boss Carlos Tavares also said that they have already found an alternative factory in southern Europe.
New owner PSA did not pay much attention to the 2020 Astra’s design which stays largely the same.
The 2022 Astra will be based on PSA’s EMP2 platform and will be made in Russelsheim.
Vauxhall’s owner says the fate of the Ellesmere Port plant depends on how the Brexit will play out.