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Holden has today announced that its Cruze sedan replacement will be called the Holden Astra sedan when it arrives locally in May this year.

Built off the same D2 architecture as the Astra hatch, the Astra sedan will be built with a comfort ride in mind, sitting beneath the Astra hatch in terms of pricing and sportiness.

The D2 architecture is described as German-engineered, Korean-built and Australian-tuned.

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Holden’s decision to stick with the Astra badge across the range stems from its history in Australia. First used in 1994, the Astra badge is synonymous with this type and size of car from Holden.

It’s expected to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a rear-view camera and the option of 7- and 8-inch screens. With a coefficient of drag of .295 and a 120kg weight saving over the previous generation D1 architecture, the Astra sedan is expected to offer much better fuel efficiency and performance over its predecessor.

Fitted with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the directly injected unit produces 110kW of power and 245Nm of torque when mated to a manual transmission and 240Nm of torque when paired with the automatic.

Like the Astra hatch, the Astra sedan has undergone a great deal of local testing and tuning, with two 65-per cent integration vehicles doing the rounds in Australia over the past 12 months.

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While Holden is yet to confirm specifications and pricing, we do know that the US specification Cruze sedan measures 4666mm in length and 1791mm in width. That makes the Astra sedan 37mm longer and 6mm narrower than its predecessor.

Holden’s input also stretched to design, with the Australian design team responsible for the front fascia and grille, which differentiates it from the Chevrolet Cruze sedan.

The Astra sedan represents the 13th of 24 new vehicles Holden is committed to launching locally by 2020, with things like the Equinox and Captiva replacement on the horizon.

What do you think of the Holden Astra sedan design? Will it be an apt replacement for the current-generation Holden Cruze?




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