The new Astra notchback sedan is the latest addition to the Astra model family.
Opel is expanding the Astra model family with a 'sporty and stylish' four-door sedan, adding to the five-door hatch, Sports Tourer station wagon and the sporty GTC coupe. Customers will initially get the choice of seven engines: four gasoline units ranging from 100 to 180hp, and three diesels ranging from 95hp to 130hp. Standout amongst these is the ultra-efficient 1.7-liter CDTI ecoFLEX models that come with Start/Stop, that boast 110hp or 130hp combined with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
Early next year, Opel will roll out the SIDI ECOTEC four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine for the new Astra four-door notchback sedan. Inside, the sedan offers plenty of space with a separate trunk offering 460 liters of volume, which is 90 liters more than the five-door. The big trunk is elegantly concealed by a raked C-pillar that stretches far back into the rear deck area, and the line running through the door handles becoming more defined towards the rear, creates a strong ‘shoulder' effect below the base of the C-pillar and rear deck. A sculpted bumper, integrated deck spoiler and typical Astra taillight design characterize the rear.
The Vice President of Design, Mark Adams, says: "The Astra model family implements our design language with sculptural artistry meeting German precision in a very dynamic fashion. All body style variants have their very own personality. We believe that the Astra four-door sedan we're now launching is the best proportioned and most stylish notchback currently available in the compact segment." Opel is offering a wide range of wheel designs up to 19 inches in size, as well as plenty of technological highlights slightly unique and unusual for the notchback segment including Advanced Forward Lighting with bi-xenon headlamps.
An adaptive FlexRide chassis system also automatically adjusts damping and gives the driver a choice of Standard, Tour and Sport mode. As more than 60% of all sedans sold in Europe are sold in Russia, which also happens to be the third biggest market for the Astra in Europe, Opel has made the decision to hold the world premiere of Astra's newest model at the 2012 Moscow Auto Salon at the end of August.