The all-new Vauxhall Astra GSe and Grandland Gse models are ready for order to the UK public with early birds receiving their cars in early summer 2023.
This Grand Sport Electric (GSe) range is the new sub-brand from Vauxhall. This exciting range of cars combines the advantages of electric capabilities with both the style and drivability of high-performance vehicles.
An array of upgrades has been applied to every model of the GSe range. These improvements include uprated electrified powertrains, along with greater handling capabilities – thanks to the enhancements in both steering and suspension. Unique styling upgrades to both the exteriors and interiors of the vehicles have also been implemented.
Vauxhall Astra GSe and Astra Sports Tourer GSe Models
Due to modifications to their suspension systems and damping, the Astra GSe and Astra Sports Touring GSe models now feature a 10mm lower profile, supplying these models with a sportier stance. Additionally, the suspension has been fitted with 11 percent firmer springs, along with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology by experts, KONI. These new features greatly improve the cars’ ride quality and handling capabilities.
This new performance-orientated posture is complimented by the inclusion of 18-inch ‘Commodore’ wheels. Further adding to the stylish nature of these cars are their black Griffon logos and fully black rooves.
The interiors of these models have also been upgraded, and now include GSe-specific steering wheels that have been recalibrated to deliver a 9 percent faster response time. This ensures a sportier driving experience, one that is enhanced through the inclusion of the electric stability control (ESC) that has been programmed to wait a little longer before engaging.
The front performance seats, with Alcantara-trimming, have not only been ergonomically designed, but certified by the German Company ‘Aktion Gesunder Rücken’ (AGR), otherwise known as ‘Campaign for Healthier Backs.’
Yet another outstanding inclusion to the new Astra GSe and Astra Sports Tourer GSe models, is the Intelli-Drive technology. This system provides vital driver assistance and safety features that includes Lane Departure Warning & Traffic Sign Assistance, Forward Collision Alert, and Active Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. Drowsiness Detection, Cross Traffic & Side Blind Spot Alert, and Automatic Speed Assistant with Stop Function, are also included in the setup.
The upgraded performance of these new Astra GSe and Astra Sports Tourer GSe models is in part, thanks to the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) powertrain equipped on the conventional model range. These models are powered by a four-cylinder, 1.6-litre petrol engine that delivers 180PS. This engine is coupled with an 81.2kW (110PS) electric motor. The total power output for this powertrain is 225PS – delivering a maximum torque of 360Nm.
The 12.4kWh battery of the Astra GSe model provides an all-electric range of up to 40 miles, whilst the Astra Sports Tourer model delivers up to 39 miles on a full charge. Thanks to the eco friendly nature of these cars, CO2 emissions have been reduced to as low as 25g/km, and 26g/km respectively. Furthermore, the Astra GSe is eligible for a Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of 8 percent, and the Astra Sports Tourer of just 12 percent.
Price wise, Astra GSe models start at £40,550, a mere £150 more expensive than the Astra Ultimate PHEV on which its design was based. This is surprising when considering their improved design, along with their superior performance, and handling capabilities. The official price of the Astra Sports Tourer GSe is still to be confirmed.
Vauxhall Grandland GSe Model
As Vauxhall’s highest performing model, the Grandland GSe, delivers a range topping 300PS. This is due to its 200PS 1.6-litre petrol engine being combined with an 81.2kW (110PS) electric motor at the front end, and an 83kW (113PS) electric motor at the rear axle.
The superior drivability of the Grandland GSe is in part thanks to the MacPherson struts fitted at the front of the vehicle, along with the multi-link axel at the rear. These inclusions are combined with stiffer springs, and dampers with KONI Frequency Selective Damping (FSP) technology. This bestows the vehicle with different damping characteristics, that create the optimum balance between comfort, handling, and control. This in turn maximises the responsiveness of the vehicle, allowing it to consistently deliver greater stability when braking, and when negotiating corners at higher speeds.
Emissions wise, the Grandland GSe produces a minimal 27g/km of CO2, thanks to its 14.2kWh onboard lithium-ion battery. This setup allows this model to deliver an all-electric range of up to 41 miles. The Grandland GSe also qualifies for an 8 percent Benefit-in-Kind tax rate.
Furthermore, the Grandland GSE, like the Astra GSe and the Astra Sports Grand Tourer, come complete with numerous styling upgrades. These include flashy 19-inch ‘Monza’ alloy wheels, AGR-certified seating, and a GSe-specific steering wheel.
The Grandland GSe also houses Intelli-Drive technology, however it comes with an additional driver assistance feature, namely Advanced Park Assist. If you’re prepared to pay an extra £1,300, you can also have this model equipped with Night Vision.
If you’re interested in purchasing the Grandland GSe model, prices start from £43,700. If you’re wanting to get your hands on the even more impressive Grandland Ultimate PHEV that delivers an extra 75 horsepower, along with all-wheel drive capabilities, you’ll have to pay an extra £1,340.