Preview: 2010 Opel Astra Cabrio

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2009

The latest five-door Astra hatchback was unveiled by Opel several months ago and it has received lots of coverage by now, so that other versions of the model are now the focus of attention. It is almost guaranteed that Astra will be coming out with a fresh Wagon and sporty Coupe version however there are also strong indications that there will also be an elegant Cabrio model that's going to emerge for the Astra's sixth-generation vehicle.

The new Cabrio, which will sit as the flagship model, is speculated to replace the Astra TwinTop but will be dubbed as a sportier variant. It will be equipped with only two seats and will rival Mini and VW roadsters.

The new Cabrio will come with a folding metal roof, also with xenon headlamps, a complete body kit and exhaust tips in chrome. The interior of the Cabrio will be patterned after the standard Hacthback model but will come with sports buckets and leather trim in keeping with its luxury and performance theme.

Included in its powertrain choices is the 270hp (201kW) 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline powerplant that could propel the Cabrio from standstill to 60mph in under six seconds and hit a maximum speed of 150mph+.

There will also be a fresh 150hp (112kW) 1.4-liter turbo along with a 170hp (127kW) 2.0-liter CDTI. The Cabrio, however, will have to wait after the Astra has made its world introduction and will have released the Wagon and Coupe models anytime next year.

Drive ability and constancy are enhanced by a 71 mm longer wheelbase, for a 2,685 mm total. The Opel’s new Astra has a front that is 1544 mm wide, a rear that is 1588 mm wide, and tracks that have increased by 56 mm and 70 mm. This provides the car with a broader footprint, adding to a sturdier control and a much better ability to hold to the road. The stiffness of the core body structure is better by 43 percent in torsion and by 10 percent in bending, providing a secure base for maximising the new Astra's control and drive abilities. Better sturdiness also adds to comfort, reducing noise and vibrations to the interior.

Designers developed the Astra's chassis as a mechanical-electronic system fully integrating mechanical operations and electric controls. The new Astra keeps the vibrant, fun-drive traits of the prior model, with substantial enhancements in steering reaction and drive comfort.

The chassis boasts of having the demonstrated McPherson strut configuration in its front, and the Opel engineering team in Rüsselsheim is the first ever to blend a compound crank with a Watt's link within the rear axle. This new construct maintains the benefits to size, mass, and total effectiveness of the layout design of the compound crank rear axle. Simultaneously, the Watt's link reinforces cross forces while cornering and makes the automobile forceful and dexterous with no compromise to steadiness and comfort.

Similar to the Insignia, the new Astra can be equipped with the smart FlexRide electric drive system, a singularity in this segment. The FlexRide adaptive suspension system constantly responds to alterations in drive style and speeds while cornering. Also, it provides a selection of three settings - Standard, Sport, and Tour - and added customisation.

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