Holden has quietly introduced some running changes for the MY19 Astra hatchback, headlined by the retirement of certain manual variants and a reduction in colour options.
The same model family remains: R, R+, RS and RS-V. However, both the R+ and RS have had their manual options dropped for 2019.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Holden's manager for product and public relations, Daniel Cotterill, said keeping the entry-level and top-spec manuals is based on different reasons.
"Entry level manual goes to price point, while manual top spec car is aimed at the ‘purist’ motoring enthusiast," he said.
Meanwhile, some colour options have been removed from the line-up, including Carragreen, as the brand 'rationalises' the model line.
At the pointy end of the range, the RS-V flagship (pictured) can no longer be had with the previously optional Matrix LED headlights – which were a unique selling point in the segment – though the 'Touring Pack' option can still be ticked, incorporating adaptive cruise control, high-speed autonomous emergency braking, and an electric sunroof.
Pricing remains unchanged for the new model year, starting at $21,490 for the entry-level Astra R manual, climbing to $31,740 for the RS-V automatic. All prices exclude on-road costs.
In saying that, 2019 versions of the R and R+ are already being advertised with competitive driveaway offers, with the R manual advertised from $20,990 with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, while the R+ automatic can be had from $22,990 drive-away.
2019 Holden Astra pricing
- Astra R – $21,490/$22,490 (6MT/6AT)
- Astra R+ – $23,740 (6AT)
- Astra RS – $27,240 (6AT)
- Astra RS-V – $30,740/$31,740 (6MT/6AT)
- Prestige Paint – $550
- Touring Pack (RS-V) – $1990
All prices exclude on-road costs