Within the next year, Opel/Vauxhall will give facelifts to the Insignia and Astra. The Astra will first be unveiled at the Paris this autumn. On the other hand, the Insignia will be seen at the Geneva show next spring it starts selling at around September 2013. The Insignia will get the following: a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel, a ground-up new design that will replace the admired 1.7-litre unit across the Vauxhall range.
The new 1.6 diesel is more quiet has smoother power delivery and quieter operation, according to Autocar. This engine is likely to reduce CO2 emissions and improve its fuel efficiency.
The prototype comes with several primary changes such as the aesthetic modifications to the nose and tail. The new design also has the new-look headlamps and tail-integrate the LED running lights, a revised grille and redesigned front and rear bumpers. In 2011, Vauxhall made major chassis and engineering revisions to the Insignia. But for the 2013 model, there would be minor underskin changes.
“Sculptural Artistry with German precision” is the award-winning design language of Opel, one of the most respected car brands from Germany. This design language, first adopted for the Opel Insignia, has now been adopted in the new Opel Astra, Opel’s entry in the compact car segment.
This resulted in the Astra’s striking new features such as a strong coupé-like profile and numerous elegant details which further enhance the Optra’s sleek and sporty profile. Modern design infusions such as a steeply sloped windshield and falling rear roofline further compliment Optra’s classic hatchback features, adding to the Optra’s elegant profile and distinct cab-forward silhouette.
Mark Adams, Vice President of Design, General Motors Europe declares that each Opel model must be unique, with its own specific personality. He also added that it is for this reason that the design features found in the Insignia, such as the wing and blade design, have been ingeniously reinterpreted in the Opel Astra.
A sleek and energetic inverted blade design is a visual delight on the Astra’s flank, as it connects the rear windows to the Astra’s C-pillar in a smooth flowing manner. At the rear, wing-shaped tail lights give the vehicle a sharp, symmetrical look that is instantly recognizable.
The Opel Astra’s interior design is a continuation of the sleek, flowing features of its exterior, and in line with Opel’s design language. Exuding a high quality of workmanship, the impressively laid out instrument panel is a masterpiece, with its flowing, wing-shaped design effortlessly and smoothly morphing into the front door moldings. The interior promotes a general feeling of warmth and pleasing ambience among its occupants.
With perfectly placed diffused red lighting accents at the center stack and the front door panels, the overall interior design encourages a relaxed interior atmosphere. Truly a remarkable work of art inside and outside, the new Opel Astra continues the Opel tradition of excellence.