Opel pulls wraps off next-generation Astra

By DPA | 18 July 2021

BERLIN: Opel has pulled the wrapping from its new Astra, releasing the first photos of the next generation featuring a decidedly sporty design that especially scores points against its rival, the VW Golf.

Alongside striking curves, the compact also bears the brand's new "Vizor" front fascia. Opel has not yet given any details on pricing, but it should be slightly more expensive than the current model, which starts in the US$26,660 range, when it hits showrooms.

The Astra technically shares a platform with its French sister models DS4, Peugeot 308 and the Citroen C4, which is where the Astra's plug-in hybrid system, available for the first time, also stems from.

Opel combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 12.4-kWh back-up battery, with an estimated electric range of about 50km. Depending on the model variant, the system performance is between 180hp and 225hp, according to the manufacturer.

Alternatively, there will also be a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 110hp or 130hp, as well as a diesel that can provide 130 hp from four cylinders with a capacity of 1.5 litres. Opel has not yet provided details about the performance and fuel consumption.

Opel also promises LED headlamps as standard as well as a digital cockpit with free-standing screens behind the steering wheel with the Astra. For an additional charge, drivers can opt for particularly ergonomic seats and, for the first time, a full head-up display.

The new Astra, which has grown to 4.37 metres, is expected to go on sale starting in early 2022.