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.