Electric Vauxhall Astra hatchback and estate models confirmed for 2023

The Astra-e will be available as both a hatchback and estate when it goes on sale next year

Astras

An electric version of the eighth-generation Vauxhall Astra, called the Astra-e, will be available by 2023, joining the company’s current range of electric cars, including the Mokka-e SUV and Corsa-e hatchback.

The electric Astra will be a rival to family hatchbacks like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born and a sister model the upcoming Peugeot e-308. Like the latter – and the combustion-engined Astra – it'll be available as both a five-door hatchback and in 'Sports Tourer' estate guise. They'll both therefore rival the MG 5 SW, which is currently the only mainstream electric estate car you can buy.

The Astra is also certain to share its powertrain with the Peugeot. That means an upgrade on the standard 134bhp motor/50kWh battery combination seen in Stellantis Group electric models to date, to 154bhp and 54kWh respectively. That should result in a range of approximately 250 miles on a full charge.

Vauxhall currently plans to fully electrify its line-up by 2024, before transitioning to a fully electric brand by 2028 – two years ahead of the UK government’s 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. The next generations of the Grandland SUV and Insignia large hatchback will be electric, too, and the brand is also to revive the Manta name on a fully electric coupe to be launched by 2025.

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