Astra Hot Hatch Coming With A Fully Electric Powertrain

Astra Hot Hatch Coming With A Fully Electric Powertrain

Vauxhall stepped out of the hot hatch game after discontinuing the VXR variants of the Astra and the Corsa. However, this is going to change in the future, as Vauxhall will soon launch a performance-focused version of the upcoming fully electric Astra-e.

The news was revealed to TopGear by Vauxhall’s head of design Mark Adams. More specifically, when asked about the possibility of an EV hot hatch, the design boss replied: “Yeah, we’re working on things that are not too far away, where we’re gonna be embarking in that direction”. It suggests that the Vauxhall is planning a warm-hatch PHEV with increased power output and a hot-hatch EV.

In terms of styling, the hotter Astra will most likely be differentiated to some extent from the lesser models, with Mark Adams saying “There’s a fine line between being perceived as sporty and dynamic, which is a positive attribute, let’s say,” he explained. “But at the same time you don’t necessarily want a brand that’s harsh and aggressive. It’s finding that sweet spot, and we have to, as designers, definitely think about those softer factors.”

A performance electric Astra could be launched as a competitor for the upcoming Volkswagen ID.3 GTX and the Cupra BORN.

Astra GSi rendering from X-Tomi Designed used as a lead image.

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