Vauxhall has revealed the first official pictures of its new Astra, which is set to feature a radical new design and electrification for the first time.

Entering its eighth generation, the new Astra is set to benefit from Vauxhall’s latest design language, as seen on the new Mokka. Though the teaser images don’t reveal a huge amount about the new car, it’s set to feature Vauxhall’s new ‘Vizor’, which sees the headlights and badge all wrapped behind one strip of glass.

The brand’s acclaimed slim ‘IntelliLux’ Matrix LED headlights also feature, while large ‘ASTRA’ lettering appears on the rear – as it does on the new Mokka and updated Crossland, which are the only two Vauxhalls to benefit from the latest design language up until now.

Inside, the Astra will benefit from Vauxhall’s new ‘Pure Panel’ design that sees a main touchscreen merged with a digital dial display. The firm says ‘physical controls are reduced to core functions in the form of finely crafted keys’, while a higher-quality cabin is also promised, along with comfortable ergonomic seats.

Vauxhall has also said an electrified option will be available on the Astra for the first time. This is likely to be a plug-in hybrid given that setup is being offered on the mechanically-similar Peugeot 308. More conventional petrol and diesel options are likely to remain, though.

Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “The all-new Astra will open an exciting new chapter in the 41-year history of our popular compact model. We are confident that the next generation Vauxhall Astra will make a powerful impression and attract new customers to the brand, especially now Astra will be electrified for the first time.”

Like the current Astra, the model is set to continue being offered as a five-door hatchback along with a roomier Sports Tourer estate model. Further details are expected in the coming months ahead of the car’s full unveiling.