Vauxhall Vectra gets a makeover

Sharper, smoother and more stylish – the wraps are off the New Vectra at last. The revamped model has been given a distinctive new look, a revised range of engines and significantly improved driving dynamics. It will reach UK showrooms in October.

It doesn’t take long to spot the changes to the front of the car, which is all-new from the windscreen forwards. Bringing the range into line with the Vauxhall family look – which was first seen on the latest Astra – the bold style makes the New Vectra instantly recognisable. Other visual upgrades include new wheel designs, a reprofiled back bumper on certain models, and a contemporary range of new colours.

Inside, the interior has been enhanced with new materials to give an even greater sense of quality. The soft-touch facia material has a new grain and has been reshaped to give a more stylish look, while plush new seat fabrics, extra door trim inserts and a new instrument panel add more visual appeal. A smaller, sportier steering wheel not only looks better, but also enhances the sporty feel of the car on the road.

And it’s not just the steering wheel which makes the New Vectra feel special to drive. Vauxhall’s UK-based chassis engineers were given the seemingly impossible task of maintaining the current model’s coveted refinement while improving steering feel and chassis control to make the Vectra even more rewarding to drive.

By developing the new model in the UK on British roads from the outset, the boffins have actually managed to exceed the brief by improving refinement in addition to transforming the driving dynamics.

To complement the revised chassis, a significant new engine has been introduced at the top of the Vectra range. Flagship Elite models are now powered by an all-new 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 mated to a six-speed auto gearbox. The big-sellers in the range will continue to be the award-winning 1.9CDTi turbodiesel units in both 120 and 150PS forms, and a new 1.8-litre petrol with an amazing 140PS will be available in spring 2006.

Prices and full details of the New Vectra range will be released in early July. Hatchback, saloon and estate models will all be available from launch.