The game has moved on since then, and VW now makes the Scirocco, while the Megane has grown in leaps and bounds from an aesthetics point of view. However, Vauxhall has gone as far as to say that the GTC will “lay down the gauntlet to VW’s Scirocco and Renault’s Megane Coupe with a heady mix of dynamic excellence, dramatic design features and competitive pricing".
Let’s not get lost in market trivia, as we have a new car to talk about! Vauxhall has just announced this morning that order books are open starting today and that the ‘mid-size coupe’ is to have a sub-£18,500 entry price, £1,100 less than the basic VW Scirocco.
Move up to the top-spec SRi, and buyers get as standard tinted glass, onboard computer, leather-trimmed steering wheel and fog lamps. The latest generation Bi-Xenon Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL), which offers nine separate light beams, is optional across the range.
The GTC range is priced from at £18,495 for the 120 PS Sport that comes with a 1.4-liter Turbo engine. Meanwhile, the range-topping 165PS SRi 2.0 CDTi retails for £22,430. For full pricing on the new GTC range check out the table.
As with all cars in Vauxhall’s range, the GTC comes with a 100,000 mile Lifetime Warranty, available to first owners. This is supported by 12 months’ Vauxhall Assistance breakdown cover and six years’ body panel anti-perforation warranty.