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The new 2016 Astra hatch is expected to welcome a new hot-hatch option to its range in the coming year, and these latest shots offer a first look at its final styling.

The new Astra was given an online unveiling early last month, but, so far, only the regular model model has been shown – albeit in a sports trim with large alloy wheels.

In recent months, reports overseas have hinted at plans to revive the Astra GSi badge, positioned as a Golf GTI rival that would sit between the regular Astra models and the hero OPC variant.

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Above: the new Astra in its regular form. 

That strategy would suggest power figures in the neighbourhood of 185kW, while the current Astra OPC (sold here now as the Holden Astra VXR) soldiers on for the foreseeable future with its sweet 206kW heart.

Earlier spy photos revealed the new hot model wearing regular 17-inch alloy wheels and no standout braking package, but a pair of new exhaust tips at the rear hinted at its purpose.

These new shots reveal the would-be GSi on new gunmetal grey five-spoke alloys with new red brake callipers, while the rear shows new styled exhaust tips and a small red-striped diffuser panel.

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There’s less to be seen at the front end, although the heavy camouflage panels suggest we can expect a unique grille and bumper design to appear.

Likewise, the new model will probably come with a number of interior tweaks, including ‘sports’ versions of the seats, steering wheel and gear lever.

An unveiling date for this new model is still to be confirmed, although September’s Frankfurt motor show is a likely venue.

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An Australian launch for the new Astra range is also still to be locked in, although Holden is expected to introduce the new range soon as part of its plan to retake the local sales crown by 2020.




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