Vauxhall GTC ecoFLEX

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The Vauxhall Astra GTC enjoyed its world debut at Frankfurt, and a 109 g/km CO2, 68.9mpg, ecoFLEX
diesel model has been confirmed for 2012.

The model will be available with either 110 PS or 130 PS outputs, but will achieve 109g/km in either guise, thanks to a package of ecoFLEX technologies as standard – including Vauxhall’s Start/Stop system.

In the meantime, the 1.7 CDTi model will be the GTC’s lowest CO2-emitting unit, achieving a combined figure of just 119 g/km, and it will also be available with two power outputs – 110 PS and 130 PS – with the more powerful of the two achieving a top speed of 122 mph and 0-60 mph in 10.0 seconds.

The new 1.7 CDTi will be available from the start of 2012, with the ecoFLEX versions following later in the year. There will also be a 2.0 CDTi (160PS) diesel engine.

Closely based on last year’s GTC Paris concept, the production Astra GTC enters the UK market – the biggest in Europe for this model – priced from just £18,495.

Even in entry-level trim, the Astra GTC adopts the sophisticated front suspension from the Insignia VXR, featuring Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), combined with the Watt’s link rear axle.

The third body style to come off the new Astra’s Delta platform (following the Hatch and last year’s Sports Tourer), the only elements the GTC shares with its siblings are door handles and the roof aerial – even the wheelbase and tracks are different.

The first GTC models are ready to hit UK showrooms at the end of November.