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2015 Holden Astra and Cascada details and pricing revealed

The 2015 Holden Astra and Cascada have arrived Down Under with prices for the Europe-sourced vehicles starting at $26,990 (+ORC) for the Astra GTC.

HOLDEN HAS COMMITTED to launching 24 new vehicles with 36 powertrain options in Australia over the next five years, with the 2015 Holden Astra and Cascada the first wave of the product onslaught. Sourced via Opel, the Holden Astra VXR completed 10,000km of testing at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe track. Both models will go on-sale here from 4 May.

Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Peter Keley, said Astra and Cascada would act as aspirational, halo vehicles to Holden, and Holden Dealers were excited to finally take delivery of the cars.

“Astra and Cascada exhibit all the hallmarks of premium European manufactured cars.  Both are visually stunning with great road presence and exceptional build quality.” Keley said.

PRICING

•Astra GTC, manual $26,990 (+ORC)

•Astra GTC, automatic $29,190 (+ORC)

•Astra GTC Sport, manual $29,990 (+ORC)

•Astra GTC Sport, automatic $32,190 (+ORC)

•Astra VXR, manual $39,990 (+ORC)

•Cascada, automatic $41,990 (+ORC)

•Cascada Launch Edition, automatic $44,990 (+ORC)

2015 Holden Astra 

First launched locally in 1996, the Europe-sourced Astra became a firm favourite locally, and Holden is hoping to relive those glory days with this latest iteration. The refreshed 2015 Holden Astra range includes GTC and GTC Sport, and VXR.

Astra GTC and GTC Sport details

Astra GTC and GTC Sport run a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is accompanied by active select and provides 125kW and 260Nm torque. With the manual transmission, Astra offers 147kW and 280Nm.

The Astra comes gets Opel’s HiPerStrut front suspension to offer “improved handling characteristics and direct steering response.  With a shortened spindle length and reduced kingpin inclination, Astra’s HiPerStrut helps prevent the torque steer so often seen in powerful front-wheel-drive cars”.

2015 Holden Astra GTC

Inside Astra GTC and GTC Sport get Sportec bolster sports seat (leather appointed in GTC Sport) and the Holden MyLink infotainment system.  The MyLink system comes with a seven-inch colour screen display, integrated Pandora® Stitcher and TuneIn Radio apps as well as satellite navigation.

In addition to the features available on Astra GTC, GTC Sport adds 19-inch alloy wheels, alloy sports pedals, leather sports seats and a sports body kit.

Astra GTC and GTC Sport colours

•Summit White

•Power Red

•Carbon Flash Black*

•Sunny Melon Yellow

•Buzz Blue*

•Silver Lake*

Astra VXR colours

•Summit White

•Power Red

•Carbon Flash Black*

•Sunny Melon Yellow

•Arden Blue*

*Prestige paint at $550 premium

GTC

•1.6 litre SIDI turbo engine

•Six-speed manual / six-speed automatic transmission

•Dual front, side and curtain airbags

•ESC and ABS

•Hill start assist

•18-inch alloy wheels

•17-inch steel space saver spare wheel

•Cloth Morrocana sports seats with Sportec bolsters

•Satellite Navigation

•Air conditioning with particle filter

•Electric Power Steering (EPS)

•Front and Rear Park Assist

•ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (two positions)

•Auto headlamps

•Projector headlamps (halogen)

•Rain sensing wipers

•Start/stop (MT only)

•Leather steering wheel

•Enhanced multi-function display (one colour) with:

•Vehicle information menu

•Trip information menu

•Fuel economy menu

•Warning/messages

•Holden MyLink Infotainment System with seven-inch colour screen display

•Integrated apps

•DAB digital radio

•Single CD player with MP3 capability

•Universal hands free with Bluetooth phone

•Bluetooth® audio streaming, USB and auxiliary input jack

GTC Sport (above GTC)

•19-inch alloy wheels

•LED tail lamps

•Perforated leather appointed Mondial trim

•Eight-way adjustable driver seat with power lumbar control

•Heated front seats

•Alloy sports pedals

•Dual zone climate control

•Leather sports steering wheel

•Sports body kit (front bumper lower spoiler edge, rear bumper lower spoiler edge, rocker moulding)

•Electric park brake

Astra VXR

The range-topping Astra VXR runs a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 206kW and 400Nm of torque.  It gets Brembo front brakes and electro-hydraulic steering. It also features the FlexRide tuning system which allows drivers to choose from three pre-configured ride settings according to their environment: 

•Standard – all-round performance with comfort;

•Sport – stiffer chassis, improved agility and more direct steering; and

•VXR – more direct steering, more responsive throttle, and tuned for maximum performance.

2015 Holden Astra GTC

Astra VXR

•2.0 litre turbo engine

•Six-speed manual transmission

•Dual front, side and curtain airbags

•20-inch alloy wheels

•Performance brakes – Brembo front calipers, front and rear cross drilled rotors

•Alloy sports pedals

•FlexRide with continuous damping control

•Electro-hydraulic power steering

•Start/stop

•Rear park assist

•ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (two positions)

•Sports performance chassis

•Tyre pressure monitoring system

•ESC and ABS

•Auto headlamps

•LED tail lamps

•VXR roof spoiler

•VXR sports seats

•Perforated leather appointed Nappa trim

•Eight-way adjustable heated driver and front passenger seat

•Power bolsters and power lumbar – driver and passenger seats

•Satellite navigation

•VXR Leather steering wheel

•VXR floor mats

•Dual zone climate control

•Enhanced multi-function display with:

•Vehicle information menu

•Trip information menu

•Fuel economy menu

•Warning/messages

•Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7” colour screen display

•Integrated apps

•DAB digital radio

•Single CD player with MP3 capability

•Universal hands free with Bluetooth phone

•Bluetooth® audio streaming, USB and auxiliary input jack

2015 Holden Astra GTC

2015 Holden Cascada

The Cascada, formerly the Astra Convertible, offers seating for four and comes in two specifications for the launch; Cascada and a special Cascada Launch Edition, of which only 50 units will be available.

Cascada 

Cascada comes with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, which is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and a “secure, triple-layered acoustic power hood able to be retracted in just 17 seconds whilst on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h. Cascada’s perforated leather appointed seats and intuitive MyLink infotainment system provide a luxurious touch on a flexible, four seat interior design”.

2015 Holden Astra GTC

CASCADA LAUNCH EDITION

A limited number of just 50 special, Cascada Launch Edition vehicles will be available to celebrate the return of the convertible body style to the Holden range. Cascada Launch Edition offers Nappa leather appointed and ventilated front seats and a leather sports steering wheel.  There is also significant differentiation on the car’s exterior with 20-inch alloy wheels, Adaptive Forward Lighting and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRL’s (Daylight Running Lamps).

Cascada colours

•Summit White

•Carbon Flash Black*

•Phantom Grey*

•Deep Sky Blue*

•Nitrate Silver*

*Prestige paint at $550 premium

Cascada

•1.6 litre SIDI turbo engine

•Six-speed automatic transmission

•Dual front and side airbags

•ESC and ABS

•Hill start assist

•18-inch alloy wheels

•17-inch steel space saver spare wheel

•Electric folding acoustically insulated roof

•Sports suspension

•Electric park brake

•Heated power outside mirrors

•Heated front sports seats

•Leather appointed trim perforated Siena seats

•Alloy sports pedals

•Satellite navigation

•Cruise control

•Rear view camera

•Dual zone air conditioning

•Electric Power Steering (EPS)

•Front and Rear Park Assist

•ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (two positions)

•Auto projector headlamps (halogen), DRL’s and front fog lamps

•Rain sensing wipers

•Heated leather steering wheel

•Enhanced multi-function display (one colour) with:

•Vehicle information menu

•Trip information menu

•Fuel economy menu

•Warning/messages

•Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7” colour screen display

•Integrated apps

•Pandora

•Stitcher

•Tune In Radio

•DAB digital radio

•Single CD player with MP3 capability

•Universal hands free with Bluetooth

•Bluetooth® audio streaming, USB and auxiliary input jack

Cascada Launch Edition (50 units)

•20-inch alloy wheels

•Premium nappa leather appointed sports seats

•Ventilated front seats

•Leather sports steering wheel

•Adaptive Forward Lighting and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs


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