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First pictures of Vauxhall Antara 4x4

10 May 2006

These are the first pictures of Vauxhall's new Antara 4x4, which goes on sale in the UK early next year.

A little bigger than the current Land Rover Freelander, which is also replaced by an all-new model late this summer, the Antara marks Vauxhall's return to the off-roader sector, after the Frontera was discontinued three years ago.

First versions will be powered by a new 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Prices should start at around £19,000 for these five-seater cars. A 2.4-litre petrol will soon follow.

Manual and automatic versions of the car will be available, and all will have a full-time four-wheel-drive system that automatically sends power to the wheels with the most traction.

There's also a system that automatically controls the car's progress down steep slopes, similar to the Hill Descent Control found on the Freelander.

The Antara is based around the same platform as the Chevrolet Captiva, which goes on sale a few weeks ahead of the Vauxhall. The Chevrolet will be available as a five- or a seven-seater.

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