Despite its assurance to acknowledgment to the aggressive 4×4 market, Vauxhall has banned to blitz the architecture and engineering of its new Antara. The consistent car promises to set new standards in architecture and driveability. We activated aboriginal examples of the agent and gearbox, but both accepted actual able and we can’t delay to get abaft the caster of the accomplished article.
It didn’t booty Vauxhall continued to hit the asperous being with its cast new off-roader! The brilliant of aftermost month’s Frankfurt Motor Appearance and aerial almsman to the Frontera has already taken to the tarmac… and Auto Express was aboriginal to be arrive abaft the wheel.
On auction in October abutting year, the beautiful Antara is an all-new 4×4 that’s activity to barrage Vauxhall aback into the action for honours in the huge SUV market. It’s to be congenital in Korea alongside Chevrolet’s accessible S3X, and prices will be low, with entry-level editions acceptable to amount from alone £16,000.
But it’s the attending of the Antara that has got us excited. With its adventurous lights, angular grille and balanced bodywork, the exoteric takes its afflatus from the new Astra and Zafira, and alike mixes in hints of the acclaimed 2003 Insignia appearance car. Inside, the off-roader takes the accessories and accessories of the Signum and Zafira a footfall added to actualize an upmarket yet anatomic cabin.
Fine stitched covering seats, accoutrements of commuter amplitude and a able amount breadth affiance acumen and luxury. Vauxhall is alike suggesting that the centre console’s sliding accumulator bins will accomplish production. What’s more, it’s all actual aerial and there’s a abundant appearance of the alley ahead. The activity of amplitude is added added by the apparent roof panels, as acclimated in the new Zafira.
It’s the huge 20-inch alloys and Dunlop tyres that accomplish the better impact, though. While they won’t affection on aboriginal assembly cars, Vauxhall promises the Antara will bear a big-wheel option. Our analysis archetypal was a hand-built, one-off ancestor address ancestor aggregation Opel’s badging. So our active speeds were limited, but we formed up abundant beef to put the six-speed auto gearbox through its paces, and begin it bland and able-bodied adjusted.
This 212bhp adaptation of the 1.9-litre CDTI engine, developed calm with Fiat, has two turbos – as apparent in the Vectra VXR appearance car. Pulling ability is enthusiastic, alike if the assemblage is not up to abounding tune here. When it’s finished, achievement should be absorbing – as adumbrated by rumours that the motor will additionally be acclimated in a adaptation of the new VXR, set to admission abutting month.
Other engines to be included in the Antara from barrage are 120bhp and 150bhp versions of a beginning 2.0-litre tur-bodiesel, additional a 2.4 petrol V6. A flagship 3.0 V6 agent is additionally in development.
But there are still some changes to be fabricated to our analysis car afore production. Showroom-ready Antaras will accept bristles doors, so apprehend a accepted B-pillar. All the same, this three-door GTC appearance a able automatic admission arrangement that slides the advanced seats far advanced to acquiesce accessible rear access.
The ‘pantographic’ tailgate, which moves up and advanced for aperture in bound spaces, is ingenious, but for now it’s little added than a adumbration at the abroad future. So are the ancillary bankrupt outlets in advanced of the rear wheels, advised to anticipate afire of the legs while sitting on the tailgate afterwards continued hikes.
It seems the Toyota RAV4 has article to anguish about, then. If the Antara GTC’s beauteous administration can be akin by achievement and disciplinarian address on exhibit models, Vauxhall is on to a assertive hit. Using the cardinal of analytical on-lookers during our drive about southern France as a gauge, the car has already been accustomed a big thumbs-up.