Holden Astra Sportwagon confirmed for late 2017
Wagon wheels: Holden’s Astra Sportwagon will go head-to-head against other load-lugging small cars including the wagon versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Renault Megane.
Wagon-backed Astra to follow sedan naming convention, drivetrain
14 June 2017
By DANIEL DeGASPERI
HOLDEN has officially announced that an Astra Sportwagon variant will be added
to the hatchback and sedan range late this year as number 13 of 24 new models
promised by 2020.
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Dubbed the Opel Astra Sports Tourer in its native European markets, the Holden
version will be offered only with a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged
four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission when it arrives.
Although closely related to the Polish-built Astra hatchback, which uses the
same engine in R form but scores a 147kW/300Nm 1.6-litre turbo in RS and RS-V
model grades, the UK-produced Astra Sportwagon will miss out on the larger
engine option, just as the South Korean-made Astra sedan does. It will also
miss out on the manual transmission of both hatch and sedan.
The Astra sedan, as a locally tweaked version of the US-focused Chevrolet
Cruze, also includes LS, LS+, LT and LTZ model grades, at least some of which
are tipped to be used with the Astra Sportwagon.
Holden has not yet announced pricing or model grades for the Astra Sportwagon,
It has only confirmed that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, keyless
entry, automatic park assistance, blind-spot monitor, lane-keep assistance and
– like the hatch but unlike the sedan – autonomous emergency braking (AEB) will
Unique-to-Sportwagon features will include a hands-free electric tailgate with
auto-opening ‘kick’ functionality, raising to deliver a maximum 1630 litres of
That is an increase of 80L compared with the previous-generation version
briefly sold in Australia in 2013 as the Opel Astra Sports Tourer. The last
time Holden sold a wagon version of the Astra was post-2005 with the AH
The new Astra Sportwagon measures 4702mm long and 1510mm tall, stretching 316mm
and 25mm further compared with the hatchback respectively. Despite the
increases, it will share the Opel-derived chassis tune and Watts-link torsion
beam rear suspension setup with the hatch, which differs from the Holden-tuned
and regular torsion beam rear suspension setup of the Astra sedan.
“With Astra Sportwagon joining Astra hatch and Astra sedan, we’re making sure
there’s an exciting and desirable Holden small car to suit any taste or
circumstance,” Holden executive director of sales Michael Filazzola said in a
“Astra Sportwagon gives customers the best of all worlds with sleek, stylish
design and impressive interior space, all supported by a wealth of driving and
The Holden Astra Sportwagon will arrive in late 2017, around the same time as
the Equinox medium SUV and ahead of the new-generation Commodore and Acadia
large SUV in early and late 2018 respectively.