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Top 5 Features Of The 2017 Holden Astra Sedan You Have To Know About

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The 2017 Holden Astra sedan is the same Chevrolet Cruze that has been tested in the US. Only this time around, it’s wearing the Holden badge and carrying the Astra nameplate for the Australian market.

Here are the top 5 features of the car according to a report:

1. Powertrain

The biggest change happened under the hood. Instead of the Cruze’s 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine and 1.6-liter turbo petrol, the Holden Astra sedan will be powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Like the four-pot found on the Astra hatch, this can produce 114kW and 240Nm of torque.

2. Weight

The Astra is 113kg less in weight than the current Cruze. This allows an engine, which is basically not as powerful as other sedan’s, to pull the Astra significantly well. The Astra may be lacking a turbo engine, but the 1.4-liter makes good its promise to carry the Astra along. In terms of overall handling, the US-specification Cruze impressed drivers who tested it in Australia. After all, roads in Australia tend to be rougher than the ones in US soil.

3. Suspension

One of the biggest differences between the Cruze hatch and the Astra sedan is the setup of its suspension system. The hatch has a multi-link rear end while the sedan has a simpler torso beam or watts linkage hardware (depending on the models). That being said, the sedan may find it a bit difficult to compete with the hatch in terms of handling and driving experience.

4. Interior

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An area of improvement for the sedan, though, is the cabin. It noticeable has an improved design and presentation, thanks to the MyLink infotainment system. The console between the front seats is larger and could therefore, store more, because of the elimination of a hand brake. However, this has been replaced by a foot brake, which is honestly worse than a hand brake considering the presence of electric park brakes these days.

5. Pricing

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Holden has not released the official pricing yet, though the Astra is widely believed to start around the range of $21,000.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Has EPA Rate Of 42 MPG Highway

2016 Chevrolet Cruze LT

In the early 2010s, a fuel-efficient sedan can go 40 miles on a gallon of regular gasoline. Now, the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is officially EPA-rated at up to 42 mpg on the highway.

According to a report, the new Chevrolet Cruze already has a city rating of 30 mpg, so the redesigned Cruze can compete well enough with the leading vehicles in this segment—the Honda Civic 1.5T (with EPA rating of 31/42 mpg city/highway) and the Toyota Corolla LE Eco (with EPA rating of 30/42 mpg city/highway).

The improvement in the car comes from the new 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is standard on all versions of the Cruze. It also has aerodynamic improvements, as well as a lighter curb weight.

But the Cruze’s fuel economy story goes further. Other versions of the redesigned compact weren’t nearly as impressive in EPA ratings. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission that is standard on the Cruze L, LS and LT trim levels were only rated 29/41 mpg city/highway.

You have to pay a premium price, of course, for the highest fuel-efficient version of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. On the other hand, the automatic-only Cruze Premier has a rating of 30/40 mpg.

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These numbers of the auto are all significantly higher than the outgoing Cruze, which will be sold as the Cruze Limited along the new model for the remainder of the 2016 model-year. The old Cruze’s automatic versions can only manage 26/38 mpg city/highway while the Eco model got a rating of 26/39 mpg for an automatic and 28/42 mpg for a six-speed manual.

Others are actually hoping for a better engine, but for now we have to content ourselves with the 1.4T engine. But for those who have fuel efficiency in their minds, they can wait around until Christmas for the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine four cylinder that would be fitted in the Cruze for 2017.

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