Opel unveiled to the global auto market its latest compact class station wagon – the all-new Astra Sports Tourer – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the hatchback version of the next generation Astra. Donning an athletic appearance, the Astra Sports Tourer is provided with the same innovative development features found on the Opel Astra.
Since the all-new Astra Sports Tourer is underpinned by lightweight vehicle architecture, it can be up to 200 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model but it is still as practical and as dynamic as it has always been. To achieve this, Opel implemented a compact design both in and outside of the Astra Sports Tourer.
Opel also used high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and implemented modifications to the axles, to the front and rear of the vehicle. As a result, the entry-level Astra Sports Tourer – at around 1,263 kilograms (including driver) -- is some 130 kilograms lighter than its outgoing counterpart.
Because the new Astra Sports Tourer is lighter, it is more agile, more comfortable to ride, consumes less fuel, and has less running costs. Despite sitting on a different platform, the new Sports Tourer’s dimension remains the same as its predecessor at 4,702 mm (length) by 1,871 mm (width with exterior mirrors folded in) by 1,499 mm (height).
Amusingly, having the same dimensions does not necessarily mean that the new and outgoing Sports Tourers offer the same roominess inside. In fact, the newest version of the Astra Sports Tourer features more front headroom (plus 26 mm) and more rear legroom (plus 28 mm). These spatial improvements typically results to more enjoyable and comfortable trips. Likewise, the new Astra Sports Tourer offers more luggage space at around 1,630 liters.