Vauxhall Astravan (2006–2013)
- October 2006: Vauxhall Astravan goes on sale
- August 2007: Astravan Sportive SE launched
- October 2012: DAB upgrade introduced
Vauxhall Astravan goes on sale
The new Astravan has a 9mm longer wheelbase than the previous model, giving improvements to handling and ride, plus extra interior space both in the cabin and the load bay. The tailgate opens low and wide and the floor itself is 79mm longer and 6mm wider than in the current Astravan. Loads of up to 24mm higher than the outgoing model can also be stowed in the back, while the overall payload has been increased to 650kg.
Initially the Astravan was available with a choice of three diesel engines and one petrol. The top model uses the 120PS 1.9-litre CDTi. An uprated 100PS version of the previous Astravan's 100PS 1.7-litre CDTi unit was also available, along with a 90PS version of the 1.3CDTi engine. All three diesel units are Euro 4 compliant, as is the one petrol addition to the range - a 90PS 1.4-litre engine.
Prices started at £9,995 + VAT. Club models come with electric windows, a CD30 stereo-radio CD player, body coloured bumpers with black insterts, black side protection mouldings, central locking, dark tinted tailgate glass and a height-adjustable driver's seat. The range-topping Sportive models get 16-inch Structure Wheels, air conditioning, sports seats, electric door mirrors, roof rails, body-coloured door mirrors and handles, a sports leather steering wheel, chrome-effect fascia inserts and metallic paint.
Astravan Sportive SE launched
Priced at £14,780 + VAT, the Sportive SE comes with 17-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, a full body styling pack, front fog lamps and a rear roof spoiler. Powered by a 1.9-litre 150PS common-rail diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and has lowered sports suspension, designed to deliver optimum stability in all conditions as well as enhance the van’s appearance.
DAB upgrade introduced
DAB digital radio is now available for all Vauxhall commercial vehicles for £195. The system is fitted by Vauxhall retailers and can be completely integrated with existing steering-wheel mounted controls and the installed stereo’s display. The installation is quick and because it’s connected directly into the van’s existing entertainment system, there are no unsightly wires or extra controls to worry about.