Opel / Vauxhall Astra hot hatch EV in the works. It has taken many years, but the Opel/Vauxhall Astra hot hatch you’ve been waiting for is nearly here. A hot hatch Astra is in the works, and it will be based on the completely electric Astra that will debut in 2023, according to Vauxhall design boss Mark Adams. Regarding the possibility of an electric hot hatch, he responded to Top Gear by saying:
Yes, we are now working on projects that will take us on that path in the not-too-distant future.
Although a delivery date for the hot hatch Astra EV is currently unknown, it is likely to come beyond 2024. Adams did have this to say about the design language, even if we aren’t given any information on the fascinating future model:
Being seen as athletic and lively, which is a desirable quality, can be difficult to achieve. You don’t necessary want a brand that is harsh and aggressive, though, at the same time. Finding that sweet spot is important, and as designers, we must surely consider those softer aspects.
Opel / Vauxhall Astra hot hatch EV in the works
Aerodynamics will, of course, be crucial in maximizing range as it will be an electric vehicle. Adams acknowledges that this places limitations on the design and adds the following:
How can you get what you want visually to mesh with the functionality remains the difficulty. In addition to having a specific amount of internal room and baggage volume, it also has to be extremely efficient and aerodynamic. You must achieve the proper balance between each of those factors. And that is not simple. Simply said, that requires a lot of hard work and expertise.
Considering how barren the market for electric hot hatchbacks currently is, perhaps Astra will open the door for others to enter. So let’s hope.