Since 2004, General Motors has sold this version of the Astra around the world through different companies like Opel, Vauxhall and Holden. Last year Saturn got its own version of the world car. For 2009 the Astra gets updated to keep it in line with its foreign cousins.
The Saturn Astra is offered in three-door and five-door models, each featuring a taut, European derived suspension that delivers a sharp, responsive driving experience. Power comes from a 1.8L, 138 hp four-cylinder engine, and highway fuel economy for the manual transmission-equipped Astra is rated at 32 mpg; 30 for Astras with the available automatic.
The Saturn Astra comes in two trim levels (XE and XR) for five-door models, and a single trim (XR) in the three-door configuration.
Saturn will unveil the next generation Astra at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009 and sales will begin at the start of 2010. Pricing will start from £15,500 ($30.500).
The new Astra will feature downsized and turbocharged engines, Insignia-inspired styling both inside and out.
The future Astra will feature much more prominent lower air intake. The rear profile of the five-door will be more upright and practical than its coupe sibling, though the roof still slopes away steeply after the C-pillars. The rear light clusters sweep around the haunches and will feature LEDs. It will be offered in a sleeker, more sporting three-door, plus estate and folding hard-top variants.
The Astra range will start with a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, already previewed in the Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept. There it produced 170bhp (or 200bhp running E85) but expect lower-power variants too.
With its lean, taught bodywork stretched over a long wheelbase and wide track, the all-new Saturn Astra has an undeniably sporty stance. Fortunately, its European-inspired driving dynamics and energetic 1.8L Ecotec engine back up those aggressive good looks with commensurate performance, making the Astra prime material for all-out tuner treatment.
In an interview with Automobilwoche, General Motors confirmed that the company is working on two new hybrid models: the Saturn Astra and the Saab 9-1. Both will be unveiled sometime in 2010.
Market launch in North America in fall 2007 Production of three and five-door models at GM plant in Antwerp, Belgium Premiere of the new Saturn Astra in the USA: the General Motors brand presents the compact sedan for the first time to the North American public at the Chicago Auto Show (February 9 – 18, 2007). Available on the US and Canadian markets from the fourth quarter of 2007 as a three or five-door model with a 1.8-liter, 140 hp ECOTEC engine, the Saturn Astra is produced (...) > Full story
Saturn announced the addition of the all-new 2008 Astra to its lineup, bringing a decidedly European flavor to the North American compact car market. It is packed with a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, and delivers sporty performance with very good fuel economy.