2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra: new details revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2008

The family car segment will be starred by the latest Vauxhall/Opel within 12 months with the introduction of the fourth-generation Astra. The hallmarks of the family hatchback: reliability, practicality and value for cash, are the main factors why it has remained the British best-selling car.

But the latest version will be following in the steps of the Insignia with the addition of style and drivability. It will also feature the latest technology such as the innovative Front Camera System which is able to read traffic signs and relay them to the driver.

The new hatch will also come with Adaptive Front Lighting which adapts headlight beam according to driving conditions. Also a possibility is an adaptive chassis system which adapts the suspension to order.

The car will come with the increasingly popular small, forced-induction motors with lower weight, enhanced economy and superior power and torque.

Shared with the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and comes in varied stages of tune, the 1.4-liter turbo will launch the range together with the regular large selection of direct-injection gasoline and diesel engines.

To increase economy and lower emission rumors has it that the stop-start belt-alternator technology of GM, showcased on the Corsa Hybrid could be available too.

Meanwhile, on the other side is the brand new VXR, what every hot hatch enthusiast is excitedly waiting for. Intended to employ the more potent 250 hp-plus variant of the latest 2.0-liter turbo, it should easily leave competitors behind.

The likelihood of incorporating a FWD system for more traction exists. In other parts of the range front-wheel-drive will be enough to set the standards, even though the latest multi-link independent rear suspension configuration points to the fact that superb handling will not be exclusive to the faster models.

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