The Holden Cruze is dead—long live the Holden Astra. The Astra first arrived in Australia in hatchback form, but Holden revealed a compact sedan variant earlier this year to join the Opel-based hatch.
The sedan was developed alongside the Astra hatch in Europe, but it takes plenty of cues from the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze. And like the North American Chevrolet Cruze, it’s pretty darn safe. Holden announced the NCAP has awarded the compact sedan a five-star safety rating—just like its hatchback counterpart.
Passive safety is, of course paramount, and helps the Cruze sedan earn its five-star rating. Lightweight materials and a high-strength steel cage keep occupants safe in the event of a crash. However, active safety is becoming just as important.
Lane Keep Assist, Forward Distance Indicator and Forward Collision Alert are a few highlights powered by the “Holden Eye” suite of active safety systems. A rearview camera is standard across the entire Astra sedan range.
“The safety features on our vehicles is of paramount importance to us and with Astra Sedan, we’ve taken a long list of features available in the global program,” said Holden’s Director Vehicle Performance & Safety, Ian Butler.
“The passive and active safety features are critical to Astra Sedan’s appeal and one feature that ranks as really important for us is offering a rear view camera as standard across the Astra range.”
The Holden Astra sedan will go on sale next month to compliment the Astra hatchback.