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Edgy: Vauxhaull Antara concept has new-to-SUV features like frameless windows, LED headlights and side exhaust outlets.

Vauxhall presents Holden with yet another compact SUV alternative in the Antara GTC

16 Sep 2005

JUST when Daewoo looked to have all the answers for Holden in refilling its four-wheel drive coffers, GM’s British arm Vauxhall has turned up at the Frankfurt show with an all-new small 4WD.

Developed in-house by GM’s own design team (location unspecified), the three-door four-seater Antara GTC is said to demonstrate just how athletic and stylish a compact 4WD can be.

It has a coupe-like profile, LED headlights, frameless windows and no B-pillar – all said to be unique innovations in its class, in a vehicle which is said to point the way towards the design direction of future Vauxhalls.

13 center imageOff-road features are left to Antara’s short front and rear overhangs, high ride height and butch styling aspects, while areas of interest for on-road performance include 20-inch alloy wheels and a high-tech 400Nm 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The combination drives all four wheels and Vauxhall claims it can propel the Antara to 100km/h in 8.0 seconds.

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