The new generation of the Opel Astra has been officially unveiled over the web and it will be making its public debut in a few months, during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September.
Following its online leak from just a few hours ago, the 2016 Opel Astra is finally here. The model in question has a completely new design which is basically saying “goodbye” to the rumored evolutionary styling. This is getting some sharp lines, a more sloped roofline, a new arrangement for the C pillar, turn signals installed on the front fenders and several other tweaks which are definitely drawing a line between this and its predecessor.
The brand new compact car is also getting the IntelliLux LED matrix headlights, a first-in-class feature, and this is promising to detect objects 30 to 40 meters sooner than halogen or xenon low-beams when the vehicle is travelling at 80 km/h (50 mph). Opel says that the body shell is now 20 percent lighter than before, saving 280 kg, while the chassis has been tweaked and the vehicle has dropped 50 kg from it. The new generation of the Opel Astra, the Opel Astra K as it will be known, is basically 5 cm shorter in length and it has a 2 cm shorter wheelbase but it is offering 35 mm extra legroom. The drag coefficient is below 0.30.
Some of the safety assistance found on the 2016 Opel Astra includes the Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, the Side Blind Spot Alert, the Advanced Park Assist, the Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, the Traffic Sign Assistant and the rearview camera. Step inside the cabin and you will notice the 18-way adjustable seat for the driver with heated, ventilation and massage functions. The rear seat occupants will only be getting optional heated outer back seats. The model is also coming with the new IntelliLink infotainment system which is compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay.
This is getting the 8-inch touch screen display which is supporting 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and it is also working with the OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant. As far as the engine lineup goes, the compact car’s new generation will be offered, in the entry-level petrol, with a 3-cylinder 1.0 liter Ecotec unit, rated at 105 HP (77 kW). Customers will also be able to buy the 1.4 liter Ecotec four-cylinder aluminum engine, producing 145 HP (107 kW) and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft) of torque. The base diesel engine will be the 1.6 liter CDTI unit, generating 95 HP (70 kW). Additional details on the 2016 Opel Astra K will be announced in Frankfurt.