UPDATE: Holden has released official pricing and further details for the 2017 Astra range. See bottom of article for details
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The first details on what to expect from the 2017 Holden Astra range have been revealed on the company's website.

Based on this information, the all-new Opel-sourced Astra small hatchback will be offered in Australia in three grades: the entry level Holden Astra R, the mid-spec Holden Astra RS, and the flagship Holden Astra RS-V.

Now, RS is usually associated with performance variants, and there is a difference in what's under the bonnet of the base car and the mid- and high-tier versions.

In the R is a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which is expected to produce identical outputs to that in Europe: 110kW of power from 5000-5600rpm, and 230Nm of torque from 2000-4000rpm for the six-speed manual, while the six-speed automatic has 235Nm.

No fuel figures are available yet, but in Europe the claim is between 4.9 and 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres.

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The RS and RS-V models will get a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that produces "up to" 147kW of power (at 5500rpm) and 280Nm of torque between 1650-3500rpm (that figure increases to 300Nm using the overboost function).

It is expected to be sold with both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic, with acceleration of about 7.8 seconds from 0-100km/h (between 0.7 and 1.2sec quicker than the 1.4) while using 5.9L/100km.

The R model is likely to be the first to arrive with an automatic gearbox, available from December 2016 alongside the manual version.

The RS and RS-V manual versions are set to go one sale in Australia from December with the manual transmission, with the automatic models due to touch down in Australia in March 2017.


Update: Holden has confirmed recommended retail pricing for the 2017 Astra range, along with an on-sale date of December 2016.

The company has also confirmed the availability of segment-first IntelliLux LED matrix headlights as a cost option for the top-spec RS-V variant.

Also detailed in Holden's release is the benefits of the Astra's new architecture, which has resulted in a weight reduction of up to 130 kilograms.

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2017 Holden Astra R - from $21,990/$24,190 (manual/auto), listed at $25,312 driveaway (manual)

Features:
1.4-litre turbo engine
17-inch alloy wheels
7.0-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio
Rear-view camera
Rear parking sensors
LED daytime running lamps

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2017 Holden Astra RS - from $26,490/$28,690 (manual/auto), listed at $30,574 driveaway (manual)

Features (addition to the R):
1.6-litre turbo engine
Automatic emergency braking
Forward collision alert with head-pp warning
Lane departure warning with lane-keep assist
Advanced park assist (semi-automated parking)
Blind-spot alert

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2017 Holden Astra RS-V - from $30,990/$33,190 (manual/auto), listed at $34,851 driveaway (manual)

Features (additional to the RS):
18-inch alloy wheels
Leather-appointed seats
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and embedded satellite navigation
LED tail-lamps
Remote start