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2017 Holden Astra Sedan on sale in Australia from $21,990

Holden is getting set to launch the all-new Astra Sedan on July 1, which is a direct descendant of the Australian-built Holden Cruze that stopped production last October.

The all-new Astra Sedan will serve as a counterpoint to the Polish-built Astra hatch already on sale, and is still known as the Chevrolet Cruze in most markets.

Holden’s MD, Mark Bernhard, was vocal about the car’s positioning and strongest attributes. In a statement, he said:

“Launching with $21,990 driveaway puts Astra right at the pointy end of small-car segment pricing and then when you consider Capped Price Servicing totaling only $916 for the first three years or 60,000km, customers can be sure they’ve got a great deal and will be well looked after.”

Four models are on offer; LS, LS+, LT and LTZ, all equipped with a 1.4-litre turbocharged, 110kW/245Nm engine, meaning the unloved 1.8 Ecotec does not carryover. A six-speed auto is standard on all models, with a six-speed manual available on the base LS.

The car, Holden says, has benefited from extensive Australian tuning by local chassis engineers, who did a fantastic job of transforming the previous Cruze.

This second-generation car was scheduled for Australian production until circumstances conspired to relegate it back to import status.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and reversing camera are standard across the range. Here is a breakdown of model specifications and pricing:

Specification highlights of the all-new Astra Sedan range:

LS

  • 1.4-litre turbocharged engine (110kW and up to 245Nm)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with self-select/six-speed manual (LS only)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Six airbags
  • Rear view camera and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights
  • 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 5 star ANCAP rating
  • Cruise control

LS+ (over and above LS)

  • Holden Eye forward facing camera
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Forward Distance Indicator
    • Forward Collision Alert
  • Projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Auto highbeam assist

LT (over and above LS+)

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Passive Entry and Push-button Start
  • Advanced Park Assist (auto park)
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • 8 inch colour touch screen
  • Embedded Satellite Navigation
  • Digital Radio (DAB+)
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Lip spoiler
  • Remote Start

LTZ (over and above LT)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated leather-appointed seats
  • Single zone climate control
  • Chrome exterior highlights

All-new Astra Sedan is priced from:

Model Driveaway offer
LS manual $21,990
LS auto $23,990
LS+ auto $24,990
LT auto $27,990
LTZ auto See Holden.com

Astra Sedan is available in the following colours:

  • Summit White
  • Absolute Red
  • Gasoline (NEW)
  • Old Blue Eyes
  • Nitrate Silver
  • Satin Steel Grey
  • Phantom Black

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.