The Holden Cruze exited production last year as part of phase one of the brand’s manufacturing shutdown, but have no fear, because its replacement is nearly here.
Followed by the Holden Astra hatchback, the Holden Astra sedan promises competitive pricing, greater connectivity and good looks. The 2017 Astra sedan will start at $21,990 AUD ($16,230 USD) when it goes on sale next month.
Standard features include a rear backup camera, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 147 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission optional, but a 6-speed manual is standard on the base LS trim, which reflects the $21,990 price tag. Choosing the automatic bumps the price to $23,990.
All Astra sedans are equipped with six airbags and the car has already received a 5-star safety rating from the ANCAP.
“We’re really proud of the new Astra Sedan, not just because of its long list of features and comfortable drive but also for its outstanding customer value both at purchase and throughout ownership,” said Holden Managing Director, Mark Bernhard.
The Astra sedan was developed alongside the Astra hatch in Germany, though it shares quite a bit with the North American Chevrolet Cruze, especially in the design department.
The Astra sedan will be followed by an onslaught of crossovers to build out Holden’s post-manufacturing lineup. The Holden Acadia and Holden Equinox are expected to arrive in 2018. The Holden Astra sedan launches on July 1, 2017.