NOTE: This article was first published on June 1. The Astra sedan has now made its Australian debut, and you can read our launch review here.
June 1: Local pricing and specifications for the new 2017 Holden Astra sedan have been released this week, ahead of the new model's arrival in Australia.
Starting from $21,990 drive-away, the Astra sedan - known in other markets as the Chevrolet Cruze - is headlined by the standard fitment of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with turbocharged petrol power.
Four trim levels are offered; LS, LS+, LT and LTZ, all powered by the same 110kW/245Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with entry versions of the Astra hatch - which rides on similar underpinnings.
A six-speed manual is standard on the entry-level LS variant, while a six-speed automatic is standard on all other versions, and optional on the base LS.
Standard equipment on the LS (from $20,490 plus on-road costs) includes 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and cruise control.
Next in the range is the LS+ (from $22,740 plus ORCs), which comes standard with the six-speed automatic transmission, features the Holden Eye forward-facing camera system - including lane keep assist, forward distance indicator and forward collision warning - along with projector headlights, LED daytime-running lights, a leather steering wheel, and automatic high beam.
The LT kicks off at $25,790 plus on-roads, and adds extras like 17-inch alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry and push-button start, automatic parking assistant, rain-sensing wipers, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with native satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, heated mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear lip spoiler and remote start.
Finally, the flagship LTZ ($29,790 plus ORCs) gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a powered sunroof, leather-appointed seat trim, single-zone climate control, heated front seats and chrome exterior highlights.
Seven exterior colours are available, including five prestige options which command a $550 premium.
The Astra sedan range also comes with a lifetime capped-price servicing program - which totals $916 for the first three years or 60,000km of ownership.
Compared to the Euro-sourced hatch range, which starts at $21,490 plus on-road costs for the R manual, the Astra sedan is between $1000 and $2000 cheaper than its hatch-backed equivalent depending on variant. All versions bar the flagship LTZ feature sharp drive-away offers too.
“Astra Sedan has been developed as a global car – engineered in Europe, designed in North America and manufactured in South Korea – and we’ve been able to tweak it to better suit the more spirited driving tastes of Australians,” Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, said.
“We’ve focussed on tuning Astra Sedan to be comfortable on poor quality road surfaces, rail tracks and gravel roads. While ensuring that steering and chassis controls are precise with a direct feel, all combining to give drivers maximum confidence.
“We’ve tested the car over 100,000km on our private test facility and on public roads so we’re really confident in its performance, and I’m sure our customers will love it.”
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2017 Holden Astra sedan pricing (plus on-road costs, except where noted)
LS (manual/auto) - $20,490/$21,490 ($21,990/$23,990 drive-away)
LS+ (auto) - $22,740 ($24,990 drive-away)
LT (auto) - $25,790 ($27,990 drive-away)
LTZ (auto) - $29,790