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Opel unveils lighter, more efficient Astra

Opel unveils lighter, more eff...
The new Astra is smaller and lighter than the car it replaces
The new Astra is smaller and lighter than the car it replaces
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The touchscreen in the middle controls Opel's IntelliLink system
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The touchscreen in the middle controls Opel's IntelliLink system
Depsite shrinking on the outside, the new Astra is bigger inside
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Depsite shrinking on the outside, the new Astra is bigger inside
Apple CarPlay gives drivers access to a raft of functions from their phones without taking their hands off the wheel
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Apple CarPlay gives drivers access to a raft of functions from their phones without taking their hands off the wheel
Android Auto is also available in the new Astra
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Android Auto is also available in the new Astra
At the back, the new Astra seems lower and wider
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At the back, the new Astra seems lower and wider
The windowline creates the illusion of a floating roof
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The windowline creates the illusion of a floating roof
LED matrix headlamps are available on the new Astra
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LED matrix headlamps are available on the new Astra
Opel will be tackling some stiff competition with its new hatchback
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Opel will be tackling some stiff competition with its new hatchback
The new Astra is smaller and lighter than the car it replaces
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The new Astra is smaller and lighter than the car it replaces
The range kicks off with a 1.0-liter petrol engine
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The range kicks off with a 1.0-liter petrol engine
Opel has loaded the car up with active safety tech
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Opel has loaded the car up with active safety tech
LED matrix headlamps use 16 LEDs to mold the beam around oncoming traffic
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LED matrix headlamps use 16 LEDs to mold the beam around oncoming traffic
Opel will unveil the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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Opel will unveil the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Despite being an all new car, the styling is evolutionary rather than revolutionary
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Despite being an all new car, the styling is evolutionary rather than revolutionary
A 1.6-liter diesel engine will be available in a number of different states of tune
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A 1.6-liter diesel engine will be available in a number of different states of tune
The Astra will tackle the Golf and Focus
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The Astra will tackle the Golf and Focus
The Astra is entering its 11th generation
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The Astra is entering its 11th generation
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Introduced in 1991, the Opel Astra has been around for 10 generations, but itscompetition has never been stronger. From the solid Volkswagen Golf to Ford’srecently restyled Focus, the market for hatchback buyers is stacked withquality offerings. It’s not surprising, then, that Opel has throwneverything at the latest version of its hatchback, which is lighter and more efficient than thecar it replaces.

Central to the appeal of the new Astra is its serious weightloss. Thanks to a bodyshell that is 20 percent lighter and the use ofultra-high strength steel in the chassis, the new Astra is between 120 and 200kg (220 and 441 lb) lighter than the car it replaces. The new car’s exterior is also smallerthan that of its predecessor, although Opel’s engineers claim that despitelosing 5 cm (1.9 in) in length and 2.6 cm (1 in) in height, the new Astra is biggerinside, with rear passengers enjoying an extra 35 mm (1.4 in) of legroom.

Opel has loaded the car up with active safety tech
Opel has loaded the car up with active safety tech

Under the hood Opel is offering a range of compactturbocharged petrol engines, ranging from the entry-level 77 kW (105 hp)1.0-liter four cylinder ECOTEC motor to the range-topping all-aluminum1.4-liter ECOTEC motor putting out 107 kW (145hp) between 1,800 and 4,000 rpm.Opel also claims that the engine’s 250 Nm (184 ft lb) of torque is available from very lowin the rev range, providing strong performance regardless of what gear thedriver is in.

For those who prefer diesel power, the Astra will beavailable with a 1.6-liter CDTI in a number of different states of tune,starting with a 70 kW (95 hp) model.

As well as offering more space than its predecessor, the newAstra will offer more tech. Inside, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have beenintegrated into Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment system, offering drivers accessto smartphone functions through the dash-mounted touchscreen. The car will also parkitself, while lane departure warning and lane keeping assist are designed tokeep distracted drivers on the straight and narrow. There’s even auto emergencybraking if a rear-end collision is imminent.

Headlining the tech on the new Astra, however, is Opel’sIntelliLux LED matrix headlamps. Made up of 16 LED units, the headlamps work intandem with the Opel Eye camera on the front of the car to mold the beamaround oncoming traffic. The system switches on as soon as the driver leaves abuilt up area, and allows drivers to experience high-beam brightness withoutdazzling other drivers.

The touchscreen in the middle controls Opel's IntelliLink system
The touchscreen in the middle controls Opel's IntelliLink system

On the styling front, the Astra’s design isn’t revolutionary– instead, the exterior is a sleeker take on the design of the oldcar. Slimmer, wider taillights and the car’s heavily sculpted rear decklidaccentuate its width, while the rear window now continues through the C-pillarto create the illusion of a floating roof. The upshot of the 11th-generation’s sleeker styling is that the dragcoefficient has dropped below 0.30, which will aid fuel efficiency and performance.

The new Astra will debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, which runs from September 17.

Source: Opel

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3 comments
bergamot69
Looks passable- and with the Focus no longer the only true drivers car on the block, it could well be up there along with the Golf.
Build quality needs to be improved over previous Vauxhall/Opels (Vauxhalls are rebadged Opels for the British market)- I've driven many new Vauxhalls in the last year and some were already suffering from creaky interiors with mileages barely into two or three figures.
T N Args
Now this is the sort of car report that's actually relevant, and that makes it interesting.
Cyndy
ICE's are idiotic in this day and age. If all a car company can do is offer more ICE's then they will ultimately lose market share as more and more people move to electric or hybrid cars.