The latest car to benefit from Vauxhall’s 1.6 CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ powerplant is the Astra GTC. Looking like a VXR but not having the higher emissions or fuel consumption, the GTC offers the best of both worlds. The new engine offers 320Nm torque (up 20Nm) and 136PS (an increase of 6PS), whilst the six speed manual transmission has been re-worked to offer a slicker movement.
Available in Sport, Limited Edition and SRi trims and equipped with Start/Stop plus a braking energy recuperation system as standard, the GTC 1.6 CDTi delivers fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions from just 104g/km.
The already Euro 6-compliant 1.6 CDTi is one of the best engines in its class for noise and vibration thanks to an efficient combustion process with multiple injection, re-designed components and the use of acoustic covers.
“We are delighted to see the 1.6-litre ‘Whisper Diesel’ introduced into our flagship GTC model,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand. “The new 1.6-litre engine is a result of significant investment and provides an exceptional blend of performance, refinement and economy.”
The GTC can be ordered with the new engine for prices starting at £22,260.