2014 Opel Astra receives new diesel engine, IntelliLink technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2013

Opel updated its Astra model for the 2014 model year, after last year it restyled the entire Astra family. For the 2014MY, Opel Astra receives a new 1.6-liter CDTI diesel engine and the IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth interface.

Opel's new 1.6-liter CDTI engine delivers 135 hp (100 kW) and 320 Nm of torque and is already compliant with the Euro 6 emissions regulation as it emits only 104 g/km CO2. Despite this, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.3 seconds and pushes the vehicle to a top speed of 200 km/h or 124 mph.

The new 1.6 CDTI for the Opel Astra is not just an amply powered diesel engine but also a power plant that is so quiet that it seems that it is just whispering.

In fact, the noise and vibration level of the new 1.6 CDTI is the best in its class, allowing drivers to be more focused when they’re behind the wheel.

Remarkably, the 1.6 CDTI by Opel is dubbed as a whisper diesel thanks to an efficient combustion process resulting from multiple injections, an optimized component design, and the use of acoustic covers.

Opel chief executive Karl Thomas Neumann remarked that Opel has been known for making high-tech technologies and high quality features – usually found in premium vehicle classes -- available to more people.

He noted that this was achieved recently by integrating Opel’s IntelliLink technology into the new Insignia and the Astra family. He added that the technology will be featured in more Opel models in the future.

 The new IntelliLink system integrates smartphone functions into the car, while the 7 inch high-resolution color monitor guarantees simple operation. As a new feature with the CD 600 IntelliLink Infotainment system, telephone calls via Bluetooth and audio streaming are possible.

The system also features a USB connection. The navigation system now comes as standard with the Navi 650 IntelliLink and Navi 950 IntelliLink. The top variant Navi 950 IntelliLink covers the whole of Europe with its maps and destinations can be entered without a problem via voice control.

The new Active- option pack comes with special features such as energy-saving LED daytime running lights, the CD 600 IntelliLink system including color display, Aux-In-, USB- and hands-free equipment via Bluetooth interface, as well as Piano Black Décor Moldings in the cockpit.

New Opel Astra comes with its own interpretation of the award-winning design language of the brand, which combines together sculptural artistry and German precision. The Astra has elegant proportions that give it a striking coupé-like silhouette and graceful details that deliver a fresh athletic look. Adding visual excitement to Astra’s traditional hatchback format are its steeply raked windshield and its falling rear roofline.

According to Mark Adams, Vice President of Design for General Motors Europe, it is important that Opel models each have their own strong personality. Thus, the design cues that were introduced in the Insignia, such as the wing and blade, have been given a whole new interpretation in the Opel Asta.

This fresh interpretation includes the flank receiving a dynamic inverted blade, which visually connects to the rear window and C-pillar’s powerful movement. Double wing shapes in the rear lights make the back end immediately recognizable.

As for the interior, the car’s bodywork has a design language characterized by flowing forms, which includes curvaceous shapes, sweeping lines, and high-quality execution. The instrument panel’s wraparound wing shape that arcs above the door moldings is another signature design cue. It gives the feel of a warm, welcoming embrace when you are inside, further enhanced by a red diffused light illuminating the center stack’s base and front door panels at night.

Furthermore, the new Opel Astra boasts stability and driving dynamics that are improved by a 2,685 millimeter-long wheelbase. It also has a 1,544 millimeter-wide front and a 1,588 millimeter-wide rear. Additionally, its tracks are increased by 56 millimeters at the front and 70 millimeters at the rear. All these dimensions give the Astra a wider footprint, a more stable handling, and a much better road-holding capability.

Press Release

A fresh start into the new model year: Opel Astra now with whisper diesel engine and IntelliLink technology

The Opel Astra enters the new model year fiercely with the new generation 1.6 liter CDTI diesel engine and IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth interface. Just one year on from when the entire restyled Astra family entered the market.

The complete new 1.6 CDTI engine represents the next step in Opel’s powertrain offensive and may be characterized by an exceptionally quiet running performance. In addition, the engine is Euro-6 compliant and consumes just 3.9 liters diesel per 100 kilometers – a stunning 7 percent less than its 1.7 liter 130 hp predecessor with Start/Stop. High-tech is also very much present in the Astra’s interior: The new IntelliLink infotainment system brings the world of smartphones into the car – easily controllable and clearly arranged on a seven inch color display.

“Opel stands for the democratization of high-tech technologies and high quality features. Traditionally, we make innovations from premium vehicle classes available to a wider customer base and are dedicated to continuing to do so, says Opel CEO Dr Karl Thomas Neumann. We have just demonstrated this with our revolutionary IntelliLink technology in our new Insignia and the same is true for our Astra family. More Opel models will follow, true to the motto: ‚more car for a highly attractive price.’

Smooth diesel: brand new 1.6 CDTI with just 3.9l/100km and 104g/km CO2

The Opel Astra has been classified the most reliable German compact car according to leading German car magazine auto motor und sport (Edition 12/2013) and offers also a wide portfolio of petrol- LPG and diesel power trains. The Model Year highlight in the Astra five-door model, the limousine and Sports Tourer is the entirely new 1.6 CDTI. This extremely efficient whisper diesel by Opel is already today compliant with the Euro-6 emissions regulation. And it creates a stir with 100 KW/136 hp and 320 Newton meters of maximum torque – seven percent more than its 1.7 liter predecessor. It also consumes less fuel, emits fewer CO2 emissions and is quieter than its 1.7 liter predecessor. The Astra accelerates from 0 – 100 in 10.3 seconds; in fifth gear the engines goes from 80 to 120 km/h in just 9.2 seconds. The maximum speed is 200 km/h. The Astra 1.6 CDTI shows it combines high performance, impressive torque and highest efficiency through low fuel consumption. In combined cycle the Astra 16 CDTI needs an exemplary 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers, adding up to CO2 emissions of only 104 grams per kilometer. A strong statement in terms of environmental friendliness and cost of ownership!

Furthermore, the new 1.6 CDTI is first in class for noise and vibration thanks to an efficient combustion process with multiple injection, the optimized design of its components and the use of acoustic covers. The result for drivers and passengers alike is quiet and convincing. The new 1.6 CDTI by Opel can truly be called a whisper diesel.

Optimally linked up: IntelliLink technology now also in the Opel Astra

Not just under the hood but also in the field of Infotainment, the Opel Astra is one hundred percent up-to-date. The ultra-modern IntelliLink system integrates smartphone functions into the car and impresses with a seven inch high-resolution color monitor that guarantees simple operation and ease of reading. As a new feature with the CD 600 IntelliLink Infotainment system, telephone calls via Bluetooth and audio streaming are possible. The system also features a USB connection.

The very rapid and precisely reacting navigation system comes as standard with the Navi 650 IntelliLink and Navi 950 IntelliLink. The top variant Navi 950 IntelliLink covers the whole of Europe with its maps and destinations can be entered without a problem via voice control. Furthermore, the radio automatically recognizes music titles, albums and artists through audio devices with a USB connection Via USB and Aux-In Astra drivers and passengers can be shown pictures on the color display. In addition, incoming text messages can be read out.

Attractive appearance: Active-package with IntelliLink, LED-daytime running lights and comfort seats

Opel not only offers groundbreaking technologies as well as numerous safety and comfort details in the Astra, the car manufacturer also packages these for customers in particularly advantageous option packs. The new Active- option pack has special features such as energy-saving LED daytime running lights, the CD 600 IntelliLink system including color display, Aux-In-, USB- and hands-free equipment via Bluetooth interface, as well as Piano Black Décor Moldings in the cockpit. As a back-friendly eye-catcher with feel-good warranty, there are additionally comfort seats in classy, sporty-looking fabric-leather style.

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