The official Opel Astra is officially unveiled, offering a bold look and plug-in hybrids

The sixth generation of the Astra model will offer a completely new design and technology, which is based on the Stellantis concern and should be shared, for example, with the Peugeot 308.

The design of the new Opel Astra L builds on the previously mentioned Mokka, Crossland and Grandland models and at first glance attracts with its distinctive mask known as the “Opel Vizor”. On request, it can be equipped with Intelli-Lux LED matrix headlights, shared with the Insignia model, which have 84 light elements in each light.

The exclusive five-door body also impresses with its sharply cut edges and Opel features, such as a sharp line running through the center of the bonnet. The rear sections are captivating with distinctive horizontal lamps, the Astra inscription under the carmaker’s logo on the fifth door or the vertically placed third brake light, which easily protrudes from the spoiler.

In addition to its distinctive appearance, the new Astra also offers larger dimensions, albeit only slightly. It stretched by 4 mm in length, increased by 51 mm in width and the wheelbase was stretched by 13 mm, which in the end means a shortening of the front overhang. The new model thus measures 4374 mm in length, 1860 mm in width and the wheelbase has a value of 2675 mm.

Like the exterior, the interior has undergone a drastic transformation that follows the design of Opel’s modern interiors. The new Astra thus offers fewer classic buttons and more often relies on controlling functions via touch screens. Both the digital instrument panel and the infotainment system can have the same diagonal of up to 10 inches, creating the so-called “Pure Panel”. Thanks to the extended wheelbase, we can also look forward to more space, for example, the luggage compartment was to increase by up to 50 liters, ie to 422 liters.

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In addition, the interior should offer relatively rich comfortable and technological equipment. Infotainment will of course handle support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, for an additional fee there should be a head-up display, camera system with coverage around the car, etc. On longer journeys, adaptive cruise control should be available and AGR-certified seats should be available. compared to the previous Astra placed 12 millimeters lower.

The basis of the whole car is the EMP2 platform, known for example from the new Peugeot 308, which also indicates a wide range of engines. Although Opel did not go into too much detail, it seems that we can look forward to 1.2-liter petrol three-cylinder engines with 110 and 130 hp, 1.5-liter diesel with 110 hp and also plug-in hybrids. They should again be based on a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which in combination with an electric motor will offer a system output of 180 or 225 hp. The engines should be connected to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

At the same time, Opel was to focus on driving pleasure in its development, which was to lead, among other things, to an increase in torsional rigidity of 14 percent. There is also speculation that, over time, we will see a sharp version of the Astra OPC, which could be equipped with a plug-in hybrid with up to 300 horsepower.

But let’s go back to the standard Astra, which should be possible to order from August this year. The first customers should then see their vehicles at the beginning of next year. Opel has not yet mentioned the prices, but according to the first speculations, the price should not be much higher than the prices of the current Astra.

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