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.

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Source: CarMagazine

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