The Astra L will shift to the EMP2 platform that underpins a variety of PSA products, including the new Grandland X SUV, reports Caradisiac.

This will allow it to adopt more powertrains from PSA. In addition to the petrol units, expected with outputs between 108 hp and 217 hp, the Astra will stay true to diesels, too, that are believed to produce from 99 hp to 177 hp.

Furthermore, the EMP2 architecture will allow for electrification. Thus, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is on the cards, probably consisting of a petrol unit with an electric motor that, combined, should generate in excess of 197 hp.

Design wise, the 2022 Astra will be more dynamic than the current model, taking some styling cues from the Grandland X, while its footprint will remain roughly the same, with a length of 4.35 meters.

Before launching the all-new generation, Vauxhall will roll out a facelifted version of the current Astra that’s already three years old. Prototypes have already been spotted testing in the open, with the front end covered in camouflage, which suggests a new bumper, headlights and reworked grille.

The facelifted Astra will likely debut before the end of the year at a standalone event, as the PSA-owned brand will skip the upcoming Paris Auto Show.