Vauxhall has refreshed the exterior design, engines, chassis and interior for its Antara crossover SUV for 2011 priced from £19,995.
The new engine line-up includes two diesel units. Both the six-speed transmissions available – an auto and manual – are also newly developed for the Antara.
The 2.2 CDTI diesel engine comes in two power output levels.
The 161bhp entry level unit which, is available with front or all-wheel drive and manual or automatic transmissions, has fuel consumption figures of 44.8mpg, CO2 emissions of 167g/km combined with a 9.9-second 0-60mph time and top speed of 117mph.
The 182bhp top-of-the-line diesel comes standard with all-wheel drive and is available with both transmissions. Performance is enhanced further, with a 0-60mph time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. Fuel economy is still pretty impressive despite the extra power, with 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 175g/km.
The SUV and crossover segment will play a more important role in Vauxhall’s product portfolio, strengthening the company’s position in the European automotive market.
The next step will be a new compact SUV planned for 2013. Vauxhall anticipates Antara sales of 15,000 units during 2011, rising to 20,000 thereafter. The 161bhp diesel variant is expected to be the biggest seller, accounting for around 75% of sales.