16 Sep 2009
The new Astra brings many comfort and safety features to the compact class that the Insignia first introduced to mid-sized cars. Exceptional technologies like an all-new mechatronic chassis, the most advanced lighting system, a front camera that recognizes traffic signs and seat technology with the best ergonomics will be available.
The new Opel Astra brings into the compact class its own interpretation of the brand’s award-winning design language of combining sculptural artistry with German precision first seen in the Insignia. Its strong coupé-like silhouette and stylish details add to a new handsome look. Elegant proportions give it a strong, cab-forward silhouette, with a steeply-raked windshield and falling rear roofline, adding visual excitement to the traditional hatchback format.
The Opel Astra’s chassis has been developed as a mechatronic system that fully integrates mechanical functions and electronic controls. The new Astra retains the fun-to-drive character of the previous model, with significant improvements in steering response and ride comfort. Opel engineers are the first to combine a compound crank rear axle with a Watts link. It makes the car dynamic and agile without compromising on stability and comfort. FlexRide adaptive suspension, a rarity in this class, offers the driver three settings – standard, Sport and Tour – while continuously adapting to changes in driving style and cornering speed.
The new Astra will launch with a complete line-up of eight engines ranging from 70 kW (95 hp) to 132 kW (180 hp), perfectly illustrating Opel’s philosophy of providing drivers with affordable, real-life efficiency.
The Astra’s line-up of powertrains with manual transmission provides impressive performance and overall cuts CO2 emissions by more than 12 percent compared with the current generation. The average fuel consumption of the diesel engines is 4.6 l/100 km and only 6.1 l/100 km for the gasoline line-up.
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