Order books are already open for the new model, which comes in three trim levels.
The entry-level Antara E has ESP, four wheel drive, descent control, air conditioning, remote control ultrasonic alarm, front fog lights, silver-coloured roof rails, 17-inch alloys and a CD with MP3 compatibility and steering wheel-mounted audio controls as standard.
Moving up to the Antara S, additional standard equipment includes 18-inch alloys, climate control, heated front seats, cruise control, automatic lighting control, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, heat-reflective windscreen, self levelling suspension and chrome detailing on the door handles and exhaust tailpipe.
The top model Antara SE comes with a DVD sat-nav, six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, a built-in Bluetooth phone kit, xenon headlamps, leather seat facings, electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror and electrically foldable door mirrors, front and rear parking distance sensors and an on-board tyre pressure monitoring system.
The only option will be Flex-Fix integrated bike carrier system, as first seen on the new Corsa and priced at £475. This allows customers to carry two bikes without having to worry about storing and fitting complicated roof bar systems or attaching complicated frames to the tailgate.
The Antara operates as a normal front-wheel drive car in everyday use, but automatically switches to four-wheel drive when the car’s ESP sense that the extra traction is needed.
The Antara E is available with a choice of a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and manual gearbox or a 2.0-litre CDTi 16v diesel with a manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. The Antara S and SE are available with the 2.0-litre CDTi engine with a manual or auto gearbox.
A full breakdown of trim levels and prices is given below: