Opel unveiled the all-new Astra Sedan, the fourth version of its popular model, which joins the five-door hatchback, the Sports Tourer station wagon and the GTC. By the time of its launch in June, the Astra Sedan will be available with a choice of seven engines: four gasoline units (74 kW/100 hp to 132 kW/180 hp), of which three can be combined with a six-speed automatic and three diesel engines (70 kW/95 hp to 96 kW/130 hp).
Moreover, Opel will offer two fuel-efficient Astra notchback 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX models with Start/Stop system which combine powerful outputs of 81 kW/110 hp or 96 kW/130 hp with diesel consumption figures as low as 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers.
This means only 99g/km CO2 emissions. The new Astra notchback sedan (Length/Width/Height: 4,658/1,814/1,476 mm) promises to offer more interior space thanks to a wheelbase of 2,685 mm and a big trunk which comes with 460 liters of volume - 90 liters more than the five-door model. Regarding the design, we do like the new sedan as it looks way better than the old model.
The rear is characterized by the steeply raked rear screen, the integrated deck spoiler, and the broad sweep of the sculpted bumper.
Although the car will be offered especially in Germany and Spain, the new Astra Sedan is expected to be a best-seller in Eastern and Central Europe, particularly Russia and Turkey. The world premiere of the new Astra Sedan will take place at the Moscow Auto Salon 2012 (August 29 - September 9).
The design team at Opel made sure that the profile of the new Astra notchback would be both sleek and stylish. Its roofline for example curves slowly above the passenger area and then goes down in a sweeping manner across the steeply raked screen in the rear and all the way to the aerodynamic lip that is positioned just at the short rear deck’s edge. Further, since the C-pillar is able to extend all the way to the deck area of the rear section, it is able to elegantly hide just how large the trunk is. Running across the door handles is a feature line which, as it moves closer to the rear, becomes even more define.
As a result, the feature line gives off that strong “shoulder” effect just under the C-pillar and the Astra’s rear deck. The rear section itself is composed of a number of features that include the deck spoiler that has been integrated to this area and the raked screen. Then there is the fashioned bumper and how wide its sweep is. How its tail lights have been designed bring to mind other Astra versions and is the subtle crease that links all of them together. This same curve helps add width to the new Astra while making sure that it does not leave any sense of being bulky.
Meanwhile, the taillight function of the lamps follows an inner wing shape which is in line with the signature of the brand. Additional sculptural features include the region in the bumper when the indent of the number plate is able to clearly reflect what the form is of its deck-lid cutout. When all of these different components are combined, the overall result is a model that has a harmonious and well-balanced design. For those who want the Astra to be more attractive visually, the brand is offering a wide selection of wheel designs with sizes going as large as 19 inches.
According to Mark Adams, Vice President of Design, the Astra range is able to apply the design language of the brand by combining in a vibrant manner German precision with that of sculptural artistry. He added that all of the body style versions will have individual personality. For the four-door Astra, he continued, it is by far the notchback in the compact class that has the most style and the best proportion.