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Vauxhall Astra GTC
Vauxhall Astra GTC
• Sporty 3dr Astra
• New 1.7 diesel engine announced
• Prices start at £18,495

The new Vauxhall Astra GTC made its official world debut at the Frankfurt motor Show.

The sporty, three-door version is closely based on the concept that was shown at the Paris show last year and will arrive in British showrooms in November.

At the show, Vauxhall announced that it would be adding a second diesel engine to the range. The 1.7 CDTi unit will join the 158bhp 2.0 CDTi unit, and will be available in two states of tune, developing 108bhp or 128bhp.

These models – initially the most economical in the range – will be available from the beginning of next year, but more economical Ecoflex models will follow later in 2012.

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The GTC is the third model in the Astra range after the hatchback and estate, but the only exterior parts it shares with the others are the door handles and aerial.

Underneath, it uses the same front suspension as the high-performance Insignia VXR. We’ve already driven the GTC and found that it delivered plenty of grip and sharper turn-in than a regular Astra hatchback.

Prices start at £18,495 and rise to £22,430.

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