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Astra EV coming in 2023, Euro-spec Sportage revealed, Audi and DS outline EV plans

Electric model to join all-new Astra range in 2023

Vauxhall has announced that an all-electric version of the new Astra will join the new model’s offering in 2023.

The new hatchback arrives in the UK early next year with a choice of plug-in hybrid powertrains, as well as petrol and diesel alternatives, and the electric version, for which there is no further detail, will come the following year.

The two PHEV Astras will have an electric-only range of around 35 miles, and come in 180hp and 225hp configuration, sitting alongside 110hp diesel and 130hp petrol internal combustion engines.

Vauxhall has declared that its entire line-up will be offered with either full electric or plug-in hybrid power by 2024, and fully electric by 2028.

First Europe-specific Kia Sportage unveiled

Kia has revealed pictures of the European version of its new Sportage due in the UK early next year, the first time the Korean brand has developed a specific version for the European marketplace.

Kia Sportage 2021The new model will launch with both 230hp hybrid and 265hp plug-in hybrid powertrains, as well as a mild-hybrid petrol in 150hp and 180hp forms and 115hp and mild hybrid 136hp diesels.

According to Kia, the new Sportage design takes on a “free-flowing, bold, sophisticated and organic form”, while the “cutting-edge interior” includes what is described as a “state-of-the-art integrated curved display that centres on the driver.

Audi and DS confirm long-term EV plans

Audi has declared that production of its final internal combustion model will begin in 2025, with every new model from the premium brand being pure electric from 2026, and ICE-powered cars being phased out of the range by 2033. The company is also planning a long-term goal of carbon-neutral manufacturing and delivery to customers.

Stellantis premium brand DS Automobiles has also revealed that every new model launched from 2024 will have a pure electric powertrain.