In anticipation of the new Astra's official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Opel has released the details of the car's engine range.
All Euro 5 compliant, the revised line-up offers a reduction in CO2 emissions compared with their equivalent models in the current Astra. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption will be cut across the 8-engine range by about 10%.
A new member of the range is a 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine that produces 138bhp and 147lb ft of torque. While this engine is a replacement of the old 1.8-litre petrol unit, it offers the same amount of power, 15% more torque and lower CO2 emissions. The other petrol units offered are a 1.4 and two 1.6s, one of which is turbocharged.
Three diesel engines will be available -- a 1.3, a 1.7 and a 2.0-litre -- and all feature common-rail fuel injection. Also in Opel's plans is a fuel-efficient Ecoflex model that will be added to the range in due course.
Of course, the new 2010 Opel Astra features a fresh interpretation of the Opel's design language that blends sculptural artistry with German precision. This design language had its debut in the Opel Insignia. Featuring a strong coupé-like silhouette and stylish details, the 2010 Opel Astra is entering the market with a fresh sporty appearance.
It also features a dynamic cab-forward silhouette, a steeply raked windshield and falling rear roofline. Mark Adams, Vice President of Design at General Motors Europe, remarked that since it is important that each Opel model should have its own strong personality, the Opel Astra has its own interpretation of the new brand design language that made its debut in the Opel Insignia.
For instance, the 2010 Opel Astra offers a fresh interpretation of the wing and the blade. The Astra comes with a dynamic inverted blade that visually links to the movement of the rear window and the C-pillar. On the rear, each of the lights feature double wing-shapes.
The inner part of the 2010 Opel Astra features sweeping lines, curvaceous shapes and attention to detail – all part of the brand's new design language. Serving as the signature design cue is the wrap-around wing shape of the instrument panel, which bends into the top of the door moldings.
This provides an interior environment that seemingly and warmly embraces the vehicle's occupants. At night, the base of the center stack and the front door panels are illuminated by a red diffused light.