Holden's Astra sedan will replace the Cruze as its entry-level sedan offering and will include a great deal of local ride and handling tuning.
According to a government vehicle registry, the Astra sedan will launch next month with three specification grades, LS, LT and LTZ, and will be available with two gearboxes: a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
The naming convention is a departure from that used on the Astra hatch, which exists in R, RS and RS-V trim levels.
We already know that the range will be offered with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110kW of power and 245Nm of torque, consuming around 6.4L/100km (based on the US-specification Chevrolet Cruze sedan).
Only the entry-level LS will be offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, the rest of the range (LT and LTZ) will be available exclusively with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The entire Astra sedan range misses out on potentially life saving safety technology in the form of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which hasn't yet been developed for the Australian or US-specification vehicles.
The Astra hatch scored a five star ANCAP safety rating (except the entry-level model) and it's hoped the Astra sedan will do the same.