Sources at Vauxhall have confirmed that the company will launch a convertible version of the new Astra.
Our sources also revealed that the new drop-top will have a fabric roof, unlike the current Astra Twintop, which has a three-piece folding metal roof.
This should make the next Astra drop-top lighter and cheaper to produce. Prices and an on-sale date have yet to be confirmed.
Vauxhall insiders also hinted that the next Zafira which will be based on the new Astra hatchback due later this year will be more versatile than the current car.
The sliding central bench layout will remain, but the version on the new model is expected to be made up of separate sections to allow greater flexibility.