Vauxhall has confirmed prices and specifications for its new Astra hatchback, which also previews a new trim structure for the brand.

Now entering its eighth generation, the new Astra is the boldest yet, showcasing a striking new design and more upmarket interior. Inside, it benefits from Vauxhall’s ‘Pure Panel’ – essentially a digital instrument cluster merged with a large touchscreen for a particularly modern and premium feel.

The new Astra gets a far more simplified trim choice, with three on offer – Design, GS Line and Ultimate. These grades are also set to be rolled out across the Vauxhall line-up in 2022 as the brand aims to make it easier for customers to choose the right car for them.

The new 2021 Vauxhall Astra

Prices for the new Astra start from £23,275 for a Design version, which still comes generously equipped. Highlights include the aforementioned Pure Panel, 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights.

The mid-range GS Line acts as the sportier-looking option in the range, featuring black 17-inch alloy wheels, a black grille and black roof, along with features like a 360-degree camera system, heated steering wheel, heated front seats and adaptive cruise control. Prices for this start from £26,170.

At the top of the range is the Ultimate, which lives up to its name by adding diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheels, pixel LED headlights and a head-up display. A raft of extra safety kit is also included, such as blind spot assist, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. Ultimate models are priced from £29,285.

New Vauxhall Astra (2021)

In terms of powertrains, Astra buyers have the option of a plug-in hybrid for the first time, with the 1.6-litre petrol-electric model producing 177bhp (a 222bhp option will join the range later) and offering an electric-only range of 35 miles. More conventional petrol and diesel options remain available, while Vauxhall will also introduce an electric Astra-e in 2023.

Currently just available in five-door hatchback guise, Vauxhall will launch a Sports Tourer estate option in due course. The new Astra is now available to order, with first deliveries expected in early 2022.